The two teenagers who broke into an 86-year-old woman's home in St. Charles on Sunday night have been charged for stealing her car and Easy Spirit tennis shoes.
Police say the two juveniles -- a fifteen-year-old male and a sixteen-year-old female -- managed to break in through the house's back door and nab the shoes before making off with a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu, all while the elderly woman was watching TV in a back bedroom.
St. Charles Juvenile Family Court administrator Ken Simmons tells Daily RFT that the male has been charged with first-degree burglary and stealing a motor vehicle. The female, who was wearing the stolen shoes when police apprehended her, is charged with first-degree burglary, stealing a motor vehicle and theft of an object under $500.
The break-in was discovered by the around 10:30 p.m. after the woman emerged from her bedroom to find a plant knocked over and the back door busted, reports the Post-Dispatch.
She also noticed a pair of unfamiliar white Vans sneakers left on the floor.
An hour later the police located the car on Interstate 70 near Bryan Road; apparently, the joyriding shoe thieves forgot that police can track stolen vehicles with OnStar.
Both teens are awaiting their first hearing.