Sheriff’s deputies arrested three Upper Keys teens who were in the process of burglarizing cars on Marine Avenue in Key Largo early today. A fourth suspect not apprehended has been identified.
A resident of Marina Avenue called the Sheriff’s Office at 2 a.m. to report seeing a group of four teenage boys burglarize her sport utility vehicle. She said they took her purple purse from the unlocked vehicle and fled. She was able to give a detailed description of the suspects.
When deputies arrived in the area, they apprehended three teenage suspects. When the first one was caught, he dropped a purple purse he’d been carrying. It was the same purse reported stolen from the victim’s burglarized vehicle.
As they were investigating, deputies also found two more vehicle burglary victims and more suspects. When a second suspect was apprehended, a pill bottle was found at his feet which had been in one of the burglarized vehicles. A key chain with a golf cart key was found in the pocket of a third suspect. It had been stolen from one of the burglarized vehicles as well.
All three suspects, age 17, 16 and 15, face burglary and theft charges. The case is still under investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to make sure they lock their car doors and remove all valuables from inside. Most vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity and those vehicles that are securely locked are passed by because they do not present an easy target.