Homeowner saw his stolen SUV while driving to report the burglary

A man was driving to the police department to report a burglary when he saw someone driving his stolen vehicle, Police Chief Gary Ponthieux said.

The investigation resulted in the arrests of four juveniles suspected of auto theft and of stealing firearms from the home, Ponthieux said.

The resident of Felicity Street reported the burglary about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The homeowner was heading to the police department when he saw his stolen sport utility vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 90 and Dunbar Avenue.

The man pulled in front of his SUV and called 911, and Bay police and a state trooper stopped the vehicle, Ponthieux said.

The driver ran off but police detained the passenger, he said.

Police identified the four minors and took them into custody.

Investigators recovered all the stolen weapons from a residence, Ponthieux said.

The juveniles were booked at the police department.

Hancock County Youth Court Judge Elise Deano directed police to turn the youths over to their guardians, he said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews