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Four Englewood-area juveniles facing nearly 140 charges

Arrests were made by the Charlotte Co. Sheriff's Office.

Arrests were made by the Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Four Englewood-area juve­nile boys were arrested this week in Char­lotte County and charged with a total of nearly 140 crimes rang­ing from mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion to armed burglary.

The boys, from East Fray Street, Heap­ford Ter­race, Ada Street and one listed as home­less, range in age from 15 to 17.

The arrests may have put at least a tem­po­rary end to a rash of vehi­cle bur­glar­ies in Char­lotte County. More than 75 of the crimes involved bur­glary of unoc­cu­pied vehicles.

The charges:

• Name with­held, 17, of Heap­ford Ter­race, was arrested at home and charged with bur­glary of dwelling, struc­ture or con­veyance while armed, 19 counts of bur­glary of an unoc­cu­pied vehi­cle unarmed, three counts of grand theft prop­erty worth more than $300 but less than $5,000 and 10 counts of lar­ceny petit theft first degree $100 to less than $300. Released to the Depart­ment of Juve­nile Justice.

• Name with­held, 17, listed as home­less, was arrested at 13361 Carter Ave. and charged with 18 counts of bur­glary of an unoc­cu­pied vehi­cle unarmed, 12 counts of lar­ceny petit theft first degree $100 to less than $300 and three counts of grand theft prop­erty worth more than $300 but less than $5,000. Released to the Depart­ment of Juve­nile Justice.

• Name with­held, 16, of East Fray Street, was arrested at 6868 San Casa Drive and charged with three counts of grand theft prop­erty worth more than $300 but less than $5,000, 19 counts of bur­glary of an unoc­cu­pied vehi­cle unarmed, bur­glary of dwelling, struc­ture or con­veyance while armed and 12 counts of lar­ceny petit theft first degree $100 to less than $300. Released to the Depart­ment of Juve­nile Justice.

• Name with­held, 15, of Ada Street, was arrested at 6868 San Casa Drive and charged with 12 counts of lar­ceny petit theft first degree $100 to less than $300, 18 counts of bur­glary of an unoc­cu­pied vehi­cle unarmed, two counts of bur­glary of dwelling, struc­ture or con­veyance while armed, three counts of grand theft prop­erty worth more than $300 but less than $5,000, pos­ses­sion of not more than 20 grams of mar­i­juana and pos­ses­sion or use of drug para­pher­na­lia. Released to the Depart­ment of Juve­nile Justice.

Char­lotte County Sher­iff Bill Prum­mell released the fol­low­ing pub­lic ser­vice message:

The major­ity of vehi­cle break-ins are crimes of oppor­tu­nity. Thieves most often tar­get unlocked vehi­cles out­side pri­vate homes, in dri­ve­ways or on the street in front of vic­tims’ homes. Thefts from vehi­cles would be dras­ti­cally reduced if peo­ple would lock their car doors and stop leav­ing valu­ables inside their vehi­cles. Leav­ing items on dis­play, whether in or on a dash­board or mounted in a cra­dle, or sit­ting on the pas­sen­ger seat, is an open invi­ta­tion to oppor­tunist criminals.”

Here are some help­ful tips:

Remove All Items of Value such as wal­lets, cell phones, iPods, lap­tops and GPS’s from your car when you are not dri­ving. Don’t leave any­thing of value in the glove box or cen­ter con­sole as those are the first places a thief looks.  If you must store valu­ables in your car, put them in the trunk before you arrive at your destination.

Use out­door light­ing such as Motion Lights. These help to deter crime.

Record ser­ial num­bers of your valu­ables.  This aids in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and recov­ery of stolen property.

Get involved. Be your neighbor’s eyes and ears. If you see sus­pi­cious peo­ple in your neigh­bor­hood call the Sheriff’s Office.

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