Following an investigation that continued for longer than a month, Cape Coral police arrested the third of three Florida teenagers who allegedly broke into vehicles and then went for joyrides. Among other charges, they are now facing charges of juvenile theft. The alleged theft of a pickup truck in December gave rise to the launch of the investigation.
According to court documents, the pickup truck that was stolen from a private driveway had a firearm inside. In searching for the vehicle’s thieves, police came across the abandoned truck a few blocks away. They noticed a car driving without lights, and they pulled it over. They determined that the driver was a 17-year-old youth, and he was arrested on Dec.10.
Further investigations led the officers to believe the three teens cruised the streets in search of vehicles to steal. The teens are also accused of stealing money and other objects — such as the gun in the pickup truck. In the December incident, investigators say the 17-year-old teen took off in the sedan while two others, ages 15 and 18, drove off in the pickup truck. The latter two were arrested on Dec. 16 and Jan. 14 respectively. Officer say the three teenagers are also linked to another incident in which money was stolen during the burglary of a vehicle.
It is important to remember that the juvenile theft charges that these three teenagers are facing are no more than allegations right now, and only when, and if, the prosecutors can prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt can they be convicted. A criminal defense attorney with experience in protecting the legal rights of juveniles will be the most suitable advocate for the accused teenagers. The lawyer can work to have them adjudicated through the Florida juvenile justice system.