Three teens arrested for "car shopping"

Published: Nov. 30, 2016 at 10:52 AM EST
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UPDATE BY: Alicia Turner

November 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE FL.,-- Three teens, one just 14 years old are now under arrest Wednesday. They’re all accused of burglarizing cars in a west Tallahassee neighborhood, off of Sharon Rd and High Rd.

Antlers, christmas lights and garland decorate Janet Hinton’s car. On Wednesday there’s a new addition, fingerprint dust.

"They opened my door and the light came on. The police who were sitting up the hill saw the light and knew they were up to something,” Janet explained.

And they were, car shopping. Scattering papers like these through Janet’s car looking for anything to take.

"I kept hearing car doors slam like maybe four or five times, and it didn't seem like it would be somebody getting out of a car," said Ritchie Simmons, a neighbor who believes he heard the break-ins

Simmons was right. Cars in the Holly Hills neighborhood were being burglarized after drivers left their door unlocked.

"What’s unusual i, I always lock the doors, and this time I didn't. All the doors were locked but the driver door, so that was very strange,” Janet said

But in fact, it’s not. Leon County Sheriff’s Office said in the last month more than 60 have been burglarized and close to one dozen cars stolen.

Investigators say usually in cases like these, by the time they arrive the suspects are long gone.

"us being there on scene when it was going on was critical in this particular situation,” explained Lt. Grady Jordan, LCSO spokesperson.

The Leon County Sheriff’s office says most of these crimes are preventable. Three tips you can use to keep your property safe is

-Always lock the doors

-Don’t leave valuables in sight

-Never leave the car running while unattended

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

November 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Three teens have been arrested for "car shopping" in a neighborhood near West Tharpe Street.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Willie Harrison, along with a 14-year-old and 16-year-old were arrested on multiple charges related to burglary, theft, and cocaine possession early Wednesday morning.

LCSO says deputies have been patrolling high crime neighborhoods due to a recent increase in property crime and deputies observed the teens opening doors to vehicles at locations along Sharon Road and High Road, while another acted as a lookout.

Officers from the Tallahassee Police Department also responded to the scene.

Deputies say when confronted, the suspects fled on foot but were quickly taken into custody. Deputies found items that had been stolen from different vehicles in the area.

A small amount of Cocaine was found on Harrison.

All three were arrested and taken to the Leon County Sheriff's Office for further investigation.

WCTV is not naming the other two teens involved in the case as they are under the age of 18.