Teenager arrested for van theft

A Berrien County teenager is apparently responsible for stealing a van with a child still inside.

Police say a 16-year-old girl has been charged, and is accused of stealing a van that belonged to Ed Aldridge.

Last month, Aldridge had stopped at a gas station for cigarettes and he left his eight-year-old daughter Kaelie sleeping in the backseat. He left the van running, and minutes later found both his van and his daughter gone.

Police later found Kaelie unharmed at a nearby motel. Witness interviews and tips led police to the 16-year-old girl.

The teen told police that she took the van because she and a friend needed a ride back to the Benton Township area.

It is unclear whether anyone else will be charged in the incident.

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