CLINTON -- Two Clinton schools were locked down for about 20 minutes Friday morning as police chased two car theft suspects, Clinton police officer Dan Sterns said.
Two Clinton police officers and two Rock County sheriff's deputies were involved in a foot pursuit of two juveniles near the middle school and elementary school at about 9:20 a.m., Sterns said.
The department was notified of a stolen vehicle Thursday, Sterns said.
The department discovered the vehicle and dusted it for prints. After the prints were uncovered, a warrant was issued for the suspects, Sterns said.
Two of the suspects were found together and fled police. After they were caught, they gave up the location of the third individual, Sterns said.
The suspects, all 16 years old, live in Avalon, Clinton and Beloit and are Clinton Community High School students, Sterns said.
They were referred to juvenile authorities on charges of trespassing, burglary and operating a vehicle without owner consent. Two also are accused of resisting arrest, Sterns said.
The pursuit took place three blocks from the school, Sterns said.
Sterns said the juveniles should appear in court Monday.