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Police Briefs; Teens Arrested on Car Burglary Charges

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Teens Arrested on Car Burglary Charges

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

Two Mandarin teens, 17 and 18, were arrested early Sunday on charges of auto burglary after police found a stolen computer and portable MP3 player on the ground near two men seen hanging around another burglarized car in the 5300 block of Julington Forest Drive South, police said.

Police said several car burglaries were reported in the Julington Creek neighborhood early Sunday. A laptop computer and books were stolen between 2 and 4:26 a.m. Sunday from an unlocked car in the 5200 block of Julington Creek Forest Drive South. And some time after 6 p.m. Dec. 10, someone stole a tote bag full of books from another unlocked vehicle in the 5200 block of Julington Creek Forest Drive South.

At 4:12 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to look for a suspicious person seen standing next to a truck in the 5300 block of Julington Creek Forest Drive South, looking inside an open door, police said. The person and another man ran away when they realized they had been seen. Officers found two men standing near a flower bed at Julington Creek Forest Drive South and Julington Creek Road a few minutes later, a knife found in the flowers and a dry computer bag and MP3 player lying on the wet grass nearby. The two men denied any knowledge of the items or knife, but were arrested when the witness identified them as the pair he saw run from his car earlier.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin, Beauclerc and San Jose areas, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

A man wearing a red bandanna over his face and carrying a silver semi-automatic handgun stole an undetermined amount of cash late Monday from an employee at TIRE KINGDOM, 10211 SAN JOSE BLVD.

Police said the masked man walked into the store at 8:20 p.m., pulled out the gun and told the 30-year-old employee "You know what I want," according to the police report. …

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