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Two teens arrested on charges of burglarizing St. Petersburg mayor's house

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested two teenage suspects they say burglarized Mayor Rick Baker's home on Thursday.

Shortly after midnight, detectives went to 3458 17th Avenue S, where they say 15-year-old Jeffrey Fleming and 16-year-old Terrill Floyd were staying. It's not their home, police said, but they had been sleeping there lately.

They are not the same people police identified as suspects on Thursday.

Fleming was charged with burglary, dealing in stolen property and possession of crack cocaine. Floyd was charged with burglary and dealing in stolen property. They were taken to a juvenile facility.

After Baker returned to his home shortly after noon Thursday after attending the TASCO Extreme Mud Wars, a youth program for teens, at Spa Beach. The mayor was returning home to shower and change.

The burglars were in the house when Baker arrived, but ran out the back carrying electronics and escaped in a green Ford Thunderbird parked in the alley behind his Old Northeast home.

The mayor memorized their license plate, and undercover detectives found the two suspects five hours later.

But the suspects whom police identified Thursday night were not the same ones arrested early this morning. Devin Boykins, 19, was arrested on a charge of driving without a valid license, and Donnell Wilson, 20, was arrested on a charge of possession of morphine. There was not enough evidence late Thursday to arrest them in connection with the mayor's burglary, police said.

It was not immediately clear why Boykins and Wilson were identified as suspects in the burglary.

Investigators say they recovered a laptop computer that was stolen in the burglary, but were not able to recover a television, which they learned was sold on the street yesterday for several hundred dollars.


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Two teens arrested on charges of burglarizing St. Petersburg mayor's house 08/07/09 [Last modified: Friday, August 7, 2009 8:30am]
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