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Loaded rifle stolen from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office vehicle

3 teens broke into multiple law enforcement vehicles, sheriff's office says
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Posted at 9:33 AM, May 17, 2024

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Three teenagers are under arrest after authorities said they targeted multiple law enforcement vehicles across South Florida and stole a loaded rifle from a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office vehicle.

Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, told WPTV a marked PBSO patrol vehicle was burglarized at about 6:30 p.m. on April 23 and the rifle, among other sheriff's office equipment, was stolen.

A stolen 2021 Chevrolet Corvette fled the scene, and after a short pursuit and bailout, two juveniles were taken into custody.

All of the sheriff's office equipment, including the rifle, was recovered.

Several days later, on May 1, detectives executed a search warrant on the Corvette and a third juvenile suspect was identified. That suspect was eventually taken into custody on May 14.

Barbera said two of the suspects are 15 and the other is 13.

Dashboard-camera video inside the Corvette captured the three teens committing other crimes, including burglarizing a Delray Beach Police Department marked vehicle and planning to break into a Fort Lauderdale Police Department vehicle and another PBSO vehicle to steal weapons, Barbera said.

All three suspects remain in custody as of Friday, Barbera said.