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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Roanoke County police found a missing Henry County teen Saturday evening who reportedly had stolen his father's van that morning and made his way north.
The 16-year-old from Bassett was taken into custody by Henry County Sheriff's deputies and will be charged in the incident, said sheriff's Investigator Mark Davis.
Area law enforcement officials had been watching for the missing boy, who apparently headed to the Roanoke area in the van to visit a friend, said sheriff's Investigator Scott Barnes.
He said the teen was reported missing from his home in the 200 block of Sanville Heights about 7:45 a.m. Saturday after his father called 911 to report his van as stolen.
"After I was there for about 20 minutes, he was like, 'You know, my son's not here. That's odd,' " Barnes said.
The blue 1991 Toyota Previa was found near Buffalo Wild Wings on Starkey Road in Roanoke County about 4:30 p.m., Barnes said. The boy was not with the vehicle.
The teen was later found by a Roanoke County officer, Davis said. He did not know where.
The boy's father had been repairing the van and it did not have license plates. Barnes said the teen may have stolen plates to put on the van in order to make it to Roanoke.
Barnes said the teen is not a licensed driver. He said the teen has a history of "acting out."
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