Three teens were arrested Tuesday after they were accused of stealing the vehicle of a police chief from Texas who was attending an international convention of law enforcement executives.
Paul Michna, chief of the Tomball Police Department, discovered his minivan missing early Tuesday from the parking lot of an International Drive hotel where he was staying.
Michna was in Orlando for the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention at the Orange County Convention Center. About 16,000 police executives were attending the five-day conference that featured addresses from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis Freeh.
"I said. "Where's the van?' And (my son) said, "Well, maybe Mother's got it.' And we went inside and there was Mother. The van was gone," Michna told Orlando television station WFTV.
Orange County deputies later spotted the minivan in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant. The deputies threw down stop sticks in an attempt to disable the vehicle, but the teens drove away from the parking lot. The teens then abandoned the vehicle, were chased by police into an abandoned camp ground and arrested.
The teens were identified as Byron Galoway, 15; Terrance Stuart, 19; and Eric Mosley, 15. Galoway and Stuart were charged with grand theft, resisting arrest and burglary. Mosley was charged with grand theft and resisting arrest.