PSLPD: 17 year old arrested for car burglary

17 year old arrested for car burglary; video shows him checking car doors in Target parking lot.

On July 17, 2017, Port St. Lucie Police arrested a 17 year old Port St. Lucie resident for burglary of a conveyance and possession of burglary tools.

On July 17, 2017 at around 5:45 pm, Port St. Lucie Police went to the 2600 block of SW Acco Road for reports of a car burglary.  The victim told police that she saw the suspect in her husband’s truck. It was parked in her driveway.  The victim yelled at the subject who then fled from the scene on a “Chopper-Style” mini bike with wide tires.  The victim described the suspect as black or Hispanic male 17-20 years old wearing a black shirt and camouflage pants.

While police were investigating this burglary a call came in to dispatch. It reported that a person fitting the description of the suspect was in the parking lot of the Tradition’s Target, located at 10720 SW Village Parkway) checking door handles to parked cars.    While the calls were coming in an officer driving west on Crosstown Parkway observed the suspect on the mini-bike traveling east on Crosstown Parkway.  The officer observed the person on the mini-bike throw something into the woods as he was driving.  The officer subsequently stopped the suspect.

The Investigation

During the investigation the initial witness on SW Acco Road responded to where the suspect was stopped and positively identified the 17 year old as the person who was in her husband’s truck.  A K-9 search of the area was conducted.  The K-9 located a purse in the wood line.  It is believed to be what the 17 year old threw as he was driving on Crosstown Parkway.  Police located a driver’s license in the purse and contact that person.  The owner of the purse told police that her purse was taken from her car, which was parked in her driveway located in the 9000 block of SW Chadwick Drive.

The 17 year old was arrested for burglary of a vehicle and possession of burglary tools and taken to Juvenile Detention Center.

Police did not receive any calls from potential victims who parked in the Target parking lot on July 17, 2017 at around 6:00 pm.  Police are asking that if you were shopping around the Target located in Traditions to check your cars to see if you are missing any items and if you are to call Port St. Lucie Police Detective Brian Boice at (772) 871-5172.

To view video surveillance from Target and pics from the scene please click the dropbox link below.


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