17-year-old boy arrested, stole guns and 3 cars

Posted at 10:04 AM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 10:14:04-04

Pinellas Park Police arrested a 17-year-old boy for multiple felonies on Thursday following a two day investigation. The boy, who ABC Action News is not identifying because he is a juvenile offender, is charged with stealing three vehicles.

Officers say they have had multiple encounters with the boy in recent years. They report he recently violated his home detention after he was arrested on March 9.

In the arrest last month, the teenager was charged with three counts of Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting an Officer without Violence.

Pinellas Park detectives spent two days watching the 17-year-old on a crime spree. They report observing him in three different stolen vehicles.

The boy stole one car from Tampa, then another in Pasco and Manatee Counties.

When they arrested him in the 7300 block of Park Boulevard, the boy was in the car stolen from Pasco County. He was also in possession of a Sig Sauer 9mm handgun and a Colt .380 auto Mustang handgun. He also had one thousand dollars in cash on him.

The 9mm gun was stolen from Pasco County. Officers are still attempting to verify the origin of the second gun.

Police charged the boy with three counts of Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft / Firearm, Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance (Alprazolam), and Violation of Home Detention.

Pinellas Park detectives report the investigation is continuing and they are working with other agencies to try to link the teen and his associates to other similar cases.