ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Two teens and a 20-year-old man are in custody for allegedly burglarizing vehicles in St. Augustine Beach.
The St. Augustine Beach Police Department responded to the area of Lee Drive in reference to a suspicious person or burglary in progress.
According to a SABPD media release, when officers arrived to the area, they pursued two suspects on foot that were observed allegedly burglarizing a vehicle. The suspects initially got away.
Another officer observed a vehicle leaving the area and stopped it. The officer noticed that the driver was sweaty and breathing deeply.The report said that the officer also saw several items in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle agreed to answer questions. After receiving Miranda rights, the driver allegedly admitted that the items in the vehicle were stolen from several other vehicles and garages that were left open by the residents. The driver was transported back to the SABPD for continued questioning.
Officers observed two other subjects walking down SR A1A from the area where the burglaries occurred. These subjects matched the description of the suspects that fled the area. They also matched the information originally provided by the driver that was taken into custody.
The suspects, Quentin D. Peterson, 18, Matthew F. Shenett, 20, and Robert C. Clark, 18 were transported to the St. Johns County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.
All three suspects were arrested for residential burglary, burglary to a structure or conveyance-armed, possession of burglary tools, petite theft and resisting/obstructing without violence.
It appeared that the neighborhood on Lee Drive was targeted because of the open garages and unlocked vehicles.
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