ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested four boys Wednesday morning, ages 13 to 16, in connection with thefts of three ATV’s and a go-cart that began last weekend in the South Gulf Cove area. Two 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old were arrested.
Detectives got the break they were looking for at 11:32 p.m. Tuesday when a Grove City woman observed several juvenile boys stealing a Honda Foreman S ATV from her neighbor’s yard at 2025 Essense Avenue. She yelled at them, they ran and she called CCSO. Road deputies and a K9 unit quickly responded and followed one track to one of the suspect's homes. The K9 then picked up another track into a wooded area where two of the boys surrendered. A trail that leads off of 10th Street into the woods was near where the two boys were located. Deputies walked back into the trail and found one of the stolen Yamaha 4x4 ATV with the engine still warm. The area is known as the “sand dunes” where small recreational type vehicles are ridden.
Two Yamaha Grizzly 4x4 ATV’s, were both stolen Sunday from 14148 Kewanee Lane in South Gulf Cove. Also, a go-cart with roll bar was reported stolen from 8106 Wiltshire Drive in South Gulf Cove; the go-cart was located Tuesday in the “sand dunes” where it had been stripped of the roll bars.
The boys were released to their parents after being booked into the Charlotte County Jail.
Detectives are continuing their investigation as not all ATV’s have been recovered. If anyone has information about these thefts, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).