Teen suspects flee from police, get trapped in power plant

Suspects spotted carrying allegedly stolen air conditioner


SAN ANTONIO – Three teens who were wanted for allegedly stealing a home air conditioning unit on the city's South Side may have made it easier for San Antonio police to capture and arrest them.

Police said they cornered the suspects Tuesday morning inside a fenced-in CPS Energy power plant at the corner of W. Southcross Boulevard and Somerset Road.

According to Sgt. George Antu, officers had received a call after 7:30 a.m. about suspicious people who were seen pulling an air conditioning unit on a wagon through the neighborhood's streets.

Antu said two of the suspects were on bicycles, while the third pulled the wagon.

"When they saw the officers, they dropped everything, dropped the bikes and took off running," he said.

After crossing some nearby railroad tracks, the three teens then climbed over a razor wire-topped fence and landed inside a CPS Energy power plant.

Antu said rather than following the suspects inside, officers decided to surround the facility and wait for CPS workers to arrive and open the gate.

"We knew exactly where they were. They weren't going anywhere," Antu said. "The officers didn't want to go in there and spook them and then have them run into something that might have caused them injury."

All three suspects were arrested without incident, although they did suffer some minor scratches from the barbed wire, Antu said.

The teens were taken into custody.

However, Antu said it was not known immediately what charges they would face.

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