Police: Newberry Twp. scooter thief made a slow getaway

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • Police said a Dover Twp. teen drew attention to himself by riding a stolen Walmart scooter on a road.
  • Tristan Dean Adams is now facing charges of theft and disorderly conduct.

The first rule of joyriding? Choose a vehicle that lets you make a quick getaway — preferably as unobtrusively as possible.

Tristan Dean Adams did not follow that advice, according to charging documents filed against him by Newberry Township Police.

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Police said Adams stole a motorized shopping scooter from the Walmart at Newberry Commons Shopping Center about 1 a.m. June 8.

Township Officer Scott Tyson was on routine patrol, driving south through the 1100 block of Old Trail Road around 1:20 a.m., when he spotted a northbound car moving slowly.

As he passed by the car, Tyson realized it was moving slowly because it was behind a motorized scooter — an Amigo Value Shopper scooter, to be specific, charging documents state.

Tyson made a U-turn when he got to the Newberry Parkway intersection and drove back to confront the scooter-rider, police said.

Beat feet: That's when he realized the rider had ditched the scooter in the middle of the road and taken off on foot, documents state. He radioed to alert his fellow cops.

Another officer spotted Adams "walking at a fast pace" into the Maple Donuts parking lot on Robinhood Drive and stopped the man, according to police.

"He admitted to taking the scooter from Walmart," documents state, and said he abandoned it in the road after seeing Tyson pass by.

Walmart later verified the motorized scooter was stolen from the store, police said.

Adams, 18, of 2610 Brownstone Drive in Dover Township, remains free on $1,500 bail, charged with theft and disorderly conduct.

The disorderly conduct charge was lodged because Adams created "a hazardous condition" that served "no legitimate purpose," according to charging documents.

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