VERO BEACH, FL - September 24, 2020 - According to an online news report post on tcpalm.com, Fort Pierce police arrested three boys and charged them for stealing an automobile and then subsequently crashing the motor vehicle in Fort Pierce, Florida. Fort Pierce police provided information to the public about the three arrests on Monday.
Fort Pierce police officials stated that the a fourth teen's mother, whose child's age was not disclosed, and his age is not known to law enforcement, called the Fort Pierce police. She stated that she witnessed her son skip school, and then he got into an automobile that contained three other boys. According to the arrest report and new report, two of the boys are ages 14 years old and 15 years old. She provided a description of the car to the Fort Pierce police, and she also provided the license plate number. As the Fort Pierce police searched for the boys in the same neighborhood the boy who skipped school lived, Fort Pierce police found the boys a car that matched the woman's description. As the Fort Pierce police ran the car's license plate, the system stated that the car was reported stolen in Brevard County.
The driver fled law enforcement and turned onto Interstate 95, exited the interstate at Indrio Road, and then the driver turned back onto U.S. 1 and headed toward Fort Pierce. The fourth boy was able to exit the car, and he was not placed under arrest. The driver crashed the motor vehicle into the front of a house, and the three boys took off running. The Fort Pierce apprehended all three of the boys.
Fort Pierce police officers stated that they had been tracking the car utilizing the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit. In addition, the police officers in the police helicopter advised law enforcement on the ground just after the vehicle crashed. All three of the boys who arrested and booked into the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The driver of the stolen car, a teenager from Vero Beach, has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, grand theft of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license, resisting arrest without violence, and absconding while on probation.
Fort Pierce Police claim the two other teenagers, both 15-year-olds, have been charged with stealing the vehicle in Fort Pierce on September 11, 2020. Fort Pierce police officers stated that the two visited a Circle K and the two stole a Chevy Impala. Apparently, the driver went inside the gas station, and the driver left the unlocked and with the engine running. Fort Pierce Police were able to recover the stolen car, which was parked at a vacant house that evening.
The 15-year-olds were also re-arrested because of an outstanding warrant for grand theft auto for the September 11 auto theft. The 14-year-old boy also faces several unnamed misdemeanor charges, according to police.
The Fort Pierce Police Department is reminding citizens to lock their motor vehicles when they leave their automobiles or pump gas.