BISMARCK — Three juveniles were arrested in Bismarck on Tuesday, June 15, after they escaped from the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center in Mandan earlier in the day.

The three youth were working maintenance during supervised recreation at approximately 11:08 a.m. Tuesday at one of the Youth Correctional Center buildings when they stole a contracted maintenance vehicle, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. The vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside.

Staff tried to stop the youth from driving away but were unsuccessful, the statement said.

The escapees were out for less than an hour before officers apprehended them, according to the Bismarck Police Department. The three drove to Bismarck, ditched the vehicle and tried hiding in a different vehicle about 7 miles away from the Youth Correctional Center.

Police were able to arrest two of them near the vehicle and the third near Bismarck's South Central High School at around 11:50 a.m., the Bismarck Police Department said. No one was injured.

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All three were transported back to the Youth Correctional Center by North Dakota Highway Patrol.