Charges: Boy rams tractor into dealership to help car thieves in Hopkins

- A 16-year-old boy is facing felony charges for allegedly helping two other teenagers rob a used car dealership in Hopkins, Minn. by ramming a stolen front end loader into the main office building.

Officers responded to a burglary alarm at Metro Motor Cars at 8660 Excelsior Boulevard shortly before 5 a.m. on March 15. Upon arrival, they saw significant damage to the front end of the building and a John Deere front end loader parked in the parking lot.  Officers located the 16-year-old hiding inside the building.

The 16-year-old told police he stole the front end loader from Strategic Materials in St. Paul several hours earlier and drove it to Hopkins. When he came across the car dealership, the 16-year-old said there were two other juvenile males looking through cars in the lot. One of the boys reportedly asked him to ram the front end loader into the building so they could get the keys and steal one of the cars.

After helping the other teenagers steal the car, the 16-year-old hid inside the building because he was unsure what to do next.

He is being charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle and felony property damage.

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