Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Three Pasco teens arrested on motorcycle theft, fleeing charges

NEW PORT RICHEY — Three teens were arrested Tuesday in connection with a series of motorcycle thefts, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Two of the boys, aged 16, face one charge each of motorcycle theft. The other boy, also 16, faces a charge of fleeing from a law enforcement officer. The identities of the three teens were withheld by the Tampa Bay Times because of their ages.

The two teens facing theft charges were captured stealing a Honda Grom mini bike by a neighbor’s surveillance video, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the mother of one teen, who attends Mitchell High School, identified him on the video.

That teen later confessed to stealing the Honda and a Triumph motorcycle, the arrest report said, and he identified the second teen in the video and said he drove him to where the Trumph was stolen from.

Deputies said the second teen denied stealing the Honda and said the first teen asked him to help start it, so they pushed it around the block.

TAMPA BAY TIMES SPECIAL REPORT: HOW TEENS ARE DRIVING PINELLAS COUNTY’S CAR THEFT EPIDEMIC

HOT WHEELS: Kids are driving Pinellas County’s car-theft epidemic. It’s a dangerous — sometimes deadly — game.

THE CHASE: Cops, teen car thieves and a dangerous game

WRONG WAY: At 15, Isaiah Battle was the county’s No. 1 car thief. He had every reason to stop.

The third 16-year-old, who attends Schwettman Education Center, was arrested after deputies said he fled from a traffic stop. He was driving a Honda Grom that matched the description of the one that was stolen, deputies said.

Deputies ended the pursuit when it reached 75 mph. However, the sheriff’s helicopter continued tracking the fleeing motorcycle. Deputies said they found it inside the teen’s garage, and that it had been altered.

The teen said he fled because he did not have a driver’s license, the arrest report said, and he feared being arrested.

The jail status of the three teens was not known.

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