Jan 25, 2023

Two runaways from Saint Francis arrested on multiple requested charges

Posted Jan 25, 2023 4:52 PM

By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
Salina Post

Two runaway teens from Saint Francis Ministries were arrested on multiple requested charges Tuesday.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester said that on Sunday, just before midnight, someone tore a hole in a screen on the Mod D building at Saint Francis Ministries, 509 E. Elm Street, and accessed a window to enter the building. While inside, the person or persons stole keys to a 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and then stole the minivan, which was valued at $16,000. Damage to the screen was estimated at $20.

Then, on Monday, the owner of the Ambassy Motel, 217 S. Broadway Boulevard, checked room 25, which had a cut window screen. Inside, the owner found two teen boys, who fled once they were discovered, Forrester said.

The motel owner told police that one of the boys was shorter with fluffy gray hair. The other was described as being tall and skinny.

Forrester said that police found items in the room belonging to a 15-year-old boy who had recently run away from Saint Francis Ministries. A 17-year-old boy also was reported to have run away from Saint Francis Ministries at the same time.

On Tuesday, both boys were found in the Grand Caravan in Ottawa County, Forrester said. The minivan was returned to Saint Francis Ministries.

Forrester said both boys face the following requested charges.

‚óŹBurglary

‚óŹFelony theft

‚óŹTrespassing

‚óŹTwo counts of damage to property