Police: Teen Tried To Steal Steal Humvee From Armory

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A teen attempted to steal a military Humvee worth more than $100,000 from the National Guard Armory in Hutchinson and swung a hatchet at an armory staff member who tried to stop him, police say.

The Hutchinson News reports that prosecutors charged the 16-year-old from Nickerson in Reno County District Court with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony theft and criminal trespass. He remains in juvenile detention.

Hutchinson Police Lt. Dustin Loepp said the teen jumped a fence Wednesday at the Armory and broke into at least three Humvees.

The first, he was unable to start. The second he started but couldn’t get it to move, Loepp said.

The third he was able to move, but quickly discovered he couldn’t drive it because the steering wheel was locked.

Loepp said that once the vehicle moved, military personnel ran out and opened the door. Loepp said the teen then used an ax he’d taken from the second Humvee and attempted to hit one of the armory employees with it, but missed.

Court records show juvenile prosecutors also charged the teen in mid-August with aggravated battery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.