Police arrest 3 teen car thieves after they fall asleep in the stolen cars.

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South Precinct officers Friday morning arrested three teens and recovered two stolen vehicles and two guns in the 1200 block of 1st Avenue South – after they found the teenage thieves ASLEEP in the vehicles they allegedly stole.

MNPD officers located a 2009 Acura TSX sedan just before 9 AM Friday in an alley with a 17-year-old male asleep in the driver’s seat.  The car had been taken at 6 AM from the Shell station at 580 Donelson Pike, after the owner had left the car unlocked and running. The teen had the owner’s nine-millimeter handgun in his front pocket.

Then officers found a second stolen vehicle, a 2018 Hyundai Tucson, which had been reported stolen on Monday.  The other two teens were asleep in the Hyundai, a 17-year-old in the driver’s seat, and his passenger, Marques Newsom, 18.  All three teens were taken into custody, and a stolen handgun out of Kentucky was recovered from the Hyundai. The Hyundai was stolen after the driver pumped gas at Eddies Market, 4438 Heath Road. The victim reported that the suspect entered the SUV from the passenger side and drove off.

Marques Newsom (MNPD)

Marques Newsom, 18, of 11th Avenue South, is charged with theft of property and unlawful handgun possession (he had been sitting on the stolen gun). Prior to his arrest, he was free on $3,500 bond for his August arrest for vehicle theft. Newsom is now being held in lieu of $3,000 bond.

Both 17-year-old males are charged in Juvenile Court.  The teen from the Hyundai is charged with resisting arrest and vehicle theft.  The second 17-year-old is charged with vehicle theft and handgun possession during the commission of a felony.

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