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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Public Safety

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CLAY COUNTY

An 18-year-old Orange Park man was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night after he stopped at a gas station to use the pay phone to call home.

Brian Marquart was on the phone about 9 p.m. at the Hess Mart, 466 Blanding Blvd., when two men walked up to him and asked if he knew the time. When he turned to face them, one of the men was pointing a handgun at him and threatened to shoot him if he moved.

The other man then reached into Marquart's pockets and removed $65 in cash, an electronic pager, a credit card and his driver's license. The two men then fled on foot toward Constitution Drive North.

After driving around the area for awhile looking for the robbers, the young man went home and told his father what happened. His father called the Clay County Sheriff's Office and reported the incident.

Deputies arrested three juveniles early Wednesday morning after the trio broke into a portable classroom at Doctors Inlet Elementary School, according to the sheriff's office.

A deputy was dispatched to the area about 12:30 a.m. in response to a call about three suspicious persons who had been seen parking a car on nearby Pinewood Boulevard and walking toward the school on County Road 220.

When the deputy arrived on campus he saw some figures standing on the porch of a portable classroom. They ran when they saw the officer and he chased them toward the Greenwood subdivision, where he lost sight of them.

After another deputy arrived to assist the first officer, all three juveniles were taken into custody on burglary charges. Deputies recovered boxes of cereal, some M&M candy and $20 in cash that the youths had taken from the classroom, said Mary Justino, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.

One of the youths, a Hernando County boy, was also charged with grand theft auto in connection with a Jeep reported stolen in Orange Park. …

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