Phoenix teens steal rental car from sleeping tourists in Cordes Lakes

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CORDES LAKES, Ariz. -- Two Phoenix teens are accused of stealing a rental car and other items from a pair of tourists Sunday night.

Devaughn Curry and Tarik McCowin, both 17, were booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center on charges including robbery, theft of a vehicle and theft.

Yavapai County sheriff's deputies responded to a vehicle theft at the Cordes Junction Chevron station just off Interstate 17 in Cordes Lakes at around 11 p.m.

A husband and wife from Poland said they had arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport from London just a few hours prior and were exhausted from the flight so they decided to park behind the Chevron near the tractor/trailer rigs and rest. They said they were sleeping in their rental car when two males forced them outside at gunpoint.

The victims told deputies that they thought the suspects were security guards when they first approached.

One of the suspects became aggressive and brandished a firearm, ordering both victims away from the car.

The suspects allowed them to take some of their clothing, luggage and passports but took a GPS unit, $1,000 in cash, cellphones and their rental car, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

The suspects then fled in the rental car and drove toward Interstate 17.

A witness told the deputies that he had seen the suspects earlier near the McDonald's/Chevron parking area acting suspicious and looking into unoccupied cars.

An alert describing the suspects and stolen vehicle went out to statewide law enforcement agencies.

D'Evelyn said a Department of Public Safety officer spotted the stolen vehicle traveling more than 100 mph in Phoenix just before midnight. The officer pursued the vehicle to the area of Dunlap and 30th avenues where both suspects fled. Curry was caught right away and a Phoenix police helicopter helped catch McCowin.

The suspects were turned over to Yavapai County deputies. The victims' property, including the cash, was recovered.