Three teenage boys were arrested after they were caught in the act of burglarizing a car on Big Coppitt Key late Friday.
The victim returned home to her residence on Avenue D at 11:15 p.m. to find the three 15 year old boys standing around her white SUV. She challenged the boys who then fled, two riding bikes and the third on foot, leaving a bike behind.
The victim called the Sheriff’s Office after realizing a lock box containing a loaded Glock pistol had been stolen from her vehicle, along with a silver Ipod.
Deputy Aaron Coller, Sgt. Evan Calhoun and an FHP trooper responded and began searching the area for possible suspects. As the officers were searching for the boys, the victim’s friend found the stolen lock box, with the gun still inside. It had been discarded on the right-of-way nearby. A fishing pole belonging to a neighbor of the victim was also found near the lockbox.
The suspects were located and identified after the mother of one boy identified the bike abandoned at the crime scene as belonging to her husband. She said her 15 year old son had been out riding it.
The boys all admitted to being involved in the vehicle burglary, two as lookouts while the third entered the vehicle and took the lockbox and Ipod. They also admitted to stealing the fishing rod from the neighbor’s house.
All three boys were charged with two counts of burglary, grand theft of a firearm and theft. They were booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.