Deputies: 3 teens arrested for trying to break into cars in Polk County

They tried to break into multiple vehicles
Posted at 12:59 PM, Jun 04, 2018

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Three teenagers have been charged with felonies after trying to break into multiple vehicles early Sunday morning in Auburndale, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say around 1 a.m. on Sunday a resident of the Berkley Ridge neighborhood saw the boys trying to break into vehicles. The witness called the Sheriff's office to report the crime and gave a detailed description of them. 

All of the boys had dark clothes, flashlights and bandanas — which they admitted they were wearing to attempt to conceal their identity, officials say. 

Deputies found the boys walking shortly after they arrived and ordered them to stop. Only one of the boys attempted to run from deputies, but he was immediately caught. 

"Three teenagers behaving badly were caught, and arrested, in large part because the witness notified us immediately, and provided not only an excellent description, but also which direction the suspects went," Sheriff Grady Judd said. 

All three boys were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Bartow and charged with three counts of attempted burglary for trying to break into three different vehicles. 

One of the boys was wearing a backpack with a screwdriver and glass pipe with marijuana in it. He faces additional charges for possession of burglary tools, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. 

The two other boy have prior criminal history. Including charges for battery, petit theft and marijuana possession.