FCSO Arrests Known Teen Offenders After 2 Vehicles Were Stolen In Palm Coast

By on December 27, 2017 in WNDB News

Palm Coast, FL – Several juveniles have been arrested by Flagler Sheriff’s deputies following a Flagler County crime spree where two vehicles were stolen.

At around 8:30 PM on Tuesday, two stolen vehicles were observed speeding, running stop signs, and endangering pedestrians on Belle Terre Blvd. and State Road 100. The vehicles, a gray Dodge Journey and an orange Mitsubishi Eclipse, were reported stolen from a home on Rolling Sands Drive. When sheriff’s deputies attempted traffic stops on the vehicles by activating the lights and sirens on their marked patrol cars, both drivers fled.

The 16-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi later crashed the vehicle into a palm tree on South Anderson St. in Bunnell. The 16-year-old boy led deputies on a foot chase before he was ultimately apprehended, transported to the hospital for clearance, and booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility. The boy was charged with grand theft auto, aggravated fleeing and eluding with lights and sirens activated, reckless driving, driving without a driver’s license, and resisting arrest without violence.

The gray Dodge Journey was located on Zebu Place in Palm Coast after being abandoned. A 17-year-old boy was later arrested at his East Moody Blvd. home after deputies concluded he was the driver of the stolen Dodge. The 17-year old was charged with grand theft auto, aggravated fleeing and eluding with lights and sirens activated, reckless driving, and driving without a driver’s license. After an investigation, another juvenile was arrested at the same residence for violation of probation after he violated his curfew.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), both the 16-year-old and 17-year-old are known subjects to Flagler County law enforcement. The 16-year-old is under a daily curfew of 8 PM to 6 AM and is on juvenile pre-trial for several felonies.

On October 13, he was involved in a home theft where several firearms, vehicle burglaries, and vehicles thefts were committed. On November 12 and 21, charging affidavits were filed after the 16-year-old was not present for probation checks. On December 2, the boy was discovered violating his curfew at a traffic stop with another juvenile who was in possession of a stolen firearm.

“These juveniles continue to terrorize our county,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “We have done some great
police work tracking them down and locking them up, but we need tougher penalties for these juvenile
criminals. Their lack of consequence is posing a danger to the public and to law enforcement every time they arm themselves during a burglary or run in a stolen vehicle. I am asking the legislature to fix the Juvenile Justice System that continuously lets juvenile criminals run amuck in our community. This system is creating future adult criminals and it is going to end badly with their death or the death of innocent people.”

The 16-year-old will be held at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for 21 days following his recent release on December 23 from the DJJ. The 17-year-old has been recommended home detention until January 18.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017.

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