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Police Arrest 'Serious Habitual Juvenile Offender' for Felony Burglaries

By: QPD Release
By: QPD Release

August 23, 2012 -

On Tuesday, August 21st Quincy Police Department arrested a 14 year old for numerous felony charges including armed burglary, several counts of auto burglary, several counts of grand theft and criminal mischief.

During the past month the QPD noticed an increase in auto burglaries. Most of the burglaries were during the night and involved cars being left unlocked and the suspect entering them and stealing cash, cell phones, credit cards and lap top computers. On Tuesday police arrested 14 year old Laquanteris Butler, of 112 S. Patton Street in Quincy. Prior to being located Butler had been eluding police and was wanted for violation of conditional release since he was recently released from a Dept of Juvenile Justice Detention program. Note that Butler was charged with numerous counts of arson in June of 2011 in Quincy after QPD and QFD investigated numerous suspicious fires set around town.

According to Assistant Chief Glenn Sapp “This young man is a real threat to the community and also is a serious habitual offender. He definitely needs a very high level of service from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice for his and the community’s safety.”

Butler was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Tallahassee to be held and evaluated. Butler is believed to have been involved in many property crimes over the past month. He is suspected of having sold stolen items on the streets to persons who knew or should have known them to be stolen goods.

Quincy Police remind all residents to “Lock It Before You Leave It”. All vehicles should be secured and locked at night before owners go to bed especially if there is valuable property or firearms in them. This simple act would help to reduce the number of auto burglaries.

Anyone with information about his involvement in crimes or the recovery of stolen property should contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Quincy Police Department at 850-627-7111 or Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. If your information leads to the recovery of stolen property or additional arrests you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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