Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested four suspects early this morning (Friday, Jan. 17, 2003) and charged them with a string of vehicle burglaries in the South Lakeland area.
The following were arrested and charged each with Burglary of a Conveyance and Petit Theft (additional charges in at least 30 more vehicle burglaries are pending):
At least six vehicle burglaries occurred last
Sunday night/Monday morning, and another six were reported this morning.
At around 1:30 this morning, a patrol deputy spotted the suspects walking
in the area where the string of burglaries had occurred (also past youth
curfew). As the deputy approached the suspects, Johnston fled on foot back
to his residence. The remaining three suspects were identified as being
involved in the vehicle burglaries and were arrested without incident.
Johnston was arrested at his home a short time later without further
incident. During the following interviews, the suspects told
detectives they had been involved in at least 30 other vehicle burglaries
in the area.
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