PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested two teen boys early this morning after “carhopping” three vehicles and may have burglarized over 20 other vehicles over the past weekend.
A road deputy was flagged down by a woman outside the Port Charlotte Beach Complex, 4500 Harbor Blvd. at 12:40 a.m. and said she followed two boys walking away from a home across from her Sinclair Street home near the park area. The deputy located two male juveniles walking toward the park which is closed at 9 p.m., both of Port Charlotte, who told the deputy they were looking for friends to fish at the beach pier.
The woman who followed the boys earlier had returned and told the deputy when she went home she found her three unlocked vehicles had been entered and rummaged through. A K9 unit was called and ran a track from the Sinclair Street home that led to the Beach Complex where the two boys were located. Along the way, the K9 Officer located a pocket knife and an I-pod.
The juveniles were transported to the District Office and said they entered several unlocked vehicles on Sinclair Street. They said they took a flashlight from a red truck and wore gloves to enter the vehicles. The boys said they were not sure how many vehicles they entered this morning, but may have entered over 20 unlocked vehicles last weekend.
Both were taken to the Charlotte County Jail and booked, at this time, on three felony counts of Burglary of a Conveyance. They were later released to their parents for a court date. The investigation continues.
Sheriff Bill Cameron again reminds motorists to, “Always lock your vehicles; unlocked cars and trucks are easy targets for those looking for cell phones, GPS units, satellite radios, money, wallets, purses, CD’s, iPods, drugs and weapons left in unsecured vehicles. Thieves quietly get in and out of an unlocked car or truck in seconds which could be prevented by simply locking your vehicles.”