A Rochester teenager arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing a car on Monday also admitted to stealing a car the day before, according to Rochester police.

Capt. Casey Moilanen said police arrested a 17-year-old male with a history of car theft Tuesday evening. The teenager is accused of taking a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox that was left unlocked with a key in the vehicle in the 100 Block of West Center Street sometime between 5:30 and 7:20 p.m. Monday.

Police spotted the vehicle about an hour later and attempted a traffic stop but the driver fled, eventually rear-ending another vehicle. The driver then fled on foot.

When police confronted the teenager Tuesday night, he allegedly admitted to stealing a 2019 Ford Raptor from the 400 block of Second Street Southwest on Sunday.

The teenager could face multiple charges for the two incidents including felony motor vehicle theft, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, fleeing an officer on foot and gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation, Moilanen said.

Most juvenile criminal records in Minnesota are not public information, but there are a few exceptions. If an offender is at least 14 years old and commits a felony-level crime, the juvenile may be certified to stand trial as an adult in criminal court, and would render all of the records relating to that crime as public.

Additionally, if a juvenile is 16 years old or older and is accused of a felony-level offense, all proceedings conducted by the juvenile court relating to that offense as well as the records relating to it are open to the public.

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.