Crawfordville, FLA -- August 12, 2011
A 15-year-old Jefferson County juvenile was arrested for stealing a motorcycle and trailer from the Wakulla Gardens development in Crawfordville, according to Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey. The juvenile spent time in the Jefferson County and Wakulla County jails one day prior to his 16th birthday.
On Aug. 4, WCSO deputies investigated two separate theft cases involving homeowners in Wakulla Gardens. One resident reported the theft of a Kawasaki Ninja, valued at $10,000, from his porch. A second homeowner in the development reported the theft of a trailer and trailer hitch from his property. The trailer and towing hitch is valued at $2,545.
WCSO Detectives Nick Boutwell and Derek Lawhon received information that the Monticello juvenile was in possession of the property. The detectives were accompanied to a Monticello home by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies where they observed the stolen property near a wood line.
The detectives discovered the juvenile at a Monticello home nearby and determined that the suspect and two other unidentified men stole the trailer which contained a lawnmower. The lawnmower was left behind at the home of the victim.
They proceeded to the second residence and stole the motorcycle from the victim’s porch. The juvenile was charged with grand theft, burglary and motor vehicle theft in Wakulla County. Jefferson County law enforcement officials charged the juvenile with felony criminal mischief and dealing in stolen property. The juvenile was booked into the Jefferson County Jail before being transferred and booked into the Wakulla County Jail. He was released to the custody of a parent.
The investigation continues and additional arrests are possible. The juvenile was arrested Aug. 10.