Joy ride ends in arrest

METUCHEN — Three girls from New York who were reportedly on their way to South Carolina were stopped by police Oct. 14.

Police arrested Yasmine R. Mack, 19, of Glencove, N.Y., on charges of receiving stolen property, police officer David J. Liantonio said.

A resident of Upland Avenue called police to report a suspicious vehicle containing three girls. Police identified Mack as one of the girls; the other two girls were 12 years old, he said.

When police arrived, the 2003 Hyundai was empty, he said.

Police later found out that the car had been reported stolen from Glencove, and learned of a report of two missing people, he said.

Mack had taken her two female cousins for a ride through New York City, Liantonio said.

The girls reportedly wanted to go home when Mack allegedly told them they were heading for South Carolina, he said.

The car belonged to Mack’s aunt (the girls’ mother), Liantonio said.

The vehicle ran out of gas on Upland Avenue, and the girls took an empty water jug to get gas, Liantonio said.

The 12-year-old girls were released to their parents at the Metuchen Police Department.

Mack was sent to Middlesex County Adult Correction Center, North Brunswick, in lieu of $25,000 bail with no 10-percent option, Liantonio said.

There are other charges pending out of New York, he said.

—Maura Dowgin