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Eau Claire runaway in custody after stealing vans en route to California

RATON, NM (WTAQ) - A runaway from Eau Claire is in custody in New Mexico, after she and three other teens allegedly stole two minivans while heading to California.  

Authorities had issued a public alert for 15-year-old Breanna Gomez, a diabetic who left her vital insulin in the first stolen vehicle, which the group abandoned in Colorado.  

Gomez was reported as a runaway last Monday. Authorities said she, her 16-year-old boyfriend Spencer Linville, and two other friends were apparently heading to Riverside California when they outran police last Thursday in a chase that went through two counties.  

They allegedly abandoned the vehicle before taking another minivan in Roggen Colorado. They were captured on Saturday in Raton New Mexico.  

Officials said the second minivan was located in Raton, and the four teens ran away before they were caught after a short pursuit.

Gomez' grandfather, Jerry Carpenter, told ABC News that she had just been released from a juvenile detention center after having numerous run-ins with police and skipping school. Carpenter said Gomez would have to pay the price for what she did, but her family loves her and they want her to get treatment. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)