Boys who escaped from Iowa juvenile center caught in Steuben Co.

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Two boys who police said escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Iowa have been caught in Steuben County.

Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home on Lane 750 on Snow Lake on a report of suspicious activity. According to a report from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, the caller told police that two boys were walking near the shore and at one point hit behind a house.

Before deputies arrived, another Lane 750 resident called police to report that two boys had stolen a van and were driving it toward S.R. 120.

Moments later, a Fremont deputy marshal spotted the van with two boys inside near S.R. 127 and S.R. 120, the report said. The officer attempted to pull the van over but it veered into a hotel parking lot and crashed into a parked vehicle as the boys reportedly ran off on foot into a wooded area, the report said.

Additional officers and a K9 were called. The K9 tracked the boys toward the toll road and they were arrested, the report said.

Police said the two boys, who were not identified, had escaped from an Iowa detention facility on Monday. The boys, age 14 and 17 from Baltimore, Maryland, were attempting to return the city when they were caught in Indiana, police said.

It’s not clear how they escaped from the detention facility.

Steuben police said the boys were taken to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, where the Probation Department took over the placement of them.

The case remains under investigation, and reports will be turned over to Probation and the Steuben County Prosecuting Attorney to determine local charges.

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