ROCKLAND — Rockland Police charged two juveniles in connection to a car stolen early Monday morning from the South End.

Police also recovered a second vehicle stolen from Cushing.

On Jan. 16 at about 2 a.m., a vehicle was reported to have just been stolen from a driveway on Ocean Street in Rockland. Rockland Officers on patrol quickly located the vehicle nearby, at which point two juvenile suspects attempted to flee on foot. Officers apprehended the two juveniles without incident.

Both juveniles were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one was charged with driving without a license.

Additionally, a second stolen vehicle, a green 2021 Jeep Cherokee stolen from a driveway in Cushing, was recovered by officers in the parking lot of the Trackside restaurant in Rockland. Items in the vehicle had been thrown into the business’ dumpster by the perpetrator although the vehicle key was not found.

Rockland Police have had at least five recent reports of stolen vehicles. Of the five vehicles stolen, one was taken by a suspect known to the owner, with the remaining four being stolen from driveways at random.

What the four stolen vehicles have in common is that all of them were left unlocked with keys inside, according to Rockland police.

“Leaving vehicles unlocked with the keys inside in no way gives someone consent to take your vehicle; however locking your vehicle and never leaving the keys inside while unintended are the first steps to preventing any auto theft,” police stated.