Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 18-year-old Marvell Parkinson and 17-year-old Martell Scott both of Lake Wales for grand theft of a motor vehicle (F3), burglary of an unoccupied dwelling during a State of Emergency (F1), resisting arrest without violence (M1), possession of tools with intent to use for a burglary (F3), and unarmed burglary of a residence (F3). Parkinson was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor (M1). Witnesses called PCSO after seeing two suspects hiding behind her neighbor's home.
On Friday, September 8, 2017, around 1:45 p.m., a witness observed two suspects crouched at the rear of her neighbor's home on Beverly Drive in Lake Wales. Both suspects ran upon seeing the witness and ran north towards Santa Maria Dr. Suspect Martel Scott ran north towards Scenic Hwy and Winston Ave and was apprehended by deputies. After he was apprehended, deputies found a window punch in Scott's pant pocket. Parkinson began running towards Orangemont Apartments where he was quickly apprehended by deputies.
"We want everyone to be safe during the hurricane. And we will not tolerate thieves taking advantage of those evacuating their homes. Looters need to be prepared to go to jail if they try to take advantage of people during a state of emergency," Grady Judd, Sheriff
Martel Scott told deputies they walked through the neighborhood and found a residence that was not boarded up. They walked to the back of the house and entered the unsecured residence through the back door. A few minutes later, they exited the residence and walked over to the detached garage. Parkinson shattered the glass on the detached garage with a window punch. Scott opened the garage door and Parkinson ran in with a set of keys that he stole from within the residence. They attempted to steal the victim's 2001 Dodge Intrepid, however the battery was dead.
Both suspects have criminal histories to include burglary, grand theft, and possession of marijuana. Parkinson has been on juvenile community control since June 30, 2016.
Marvell Parkinson was transported and booked into the Polk County Jail on the above charges. Martell Scott was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.