Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefing

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer

A 43-year-old woman told police she felt sorry for a 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl who said they were homeless and asked her for a ride at 1:50 p.m. Monday. That act of kindness led to the theft of her white 1984 Toyota Cressida, police said.

The woman saw the teens standing outside Eckerd, 5200 Roosevelt Blvd., and agreed to take them to a campground at Normandy Boulevard and Sarroca Lane. When she got there, they asked her to drive them down the dirt road, but the woman told police she didn't feel safe.

As the 17-year-old started to exit the passenger door, the woman started to get out to give them a soda from the trunk, police said.

But the boy shoved her from the car, locked the door and started to drive off, dragging the woman on the ground. Two witnesses picked up the woman and pursued the teens but lost them at Normandy and Chaffee Road, police said.

-- Three young boys were walking in the 6000 block of Hillman Road near Jacksonville Heights Elementary School when the driver of a white sports car yelled an obscenity and pointed a handgun at them at 7 p.m. May 25.

The boys ran to a nearby park while the driver and his three passengers circled the area several times yelling at them, police said. They finally crossed to another area of the park where ballgames were being played. Meanwhile, neighbors told police they had seen a white Plymouth Neon several times in the past riding slowly through the area.

-- At least three incidents of fuel theft were reported on the Westside Sunday. The first incident occurred at 11 a.m. at Citgo, 4710 San Juan Ave., when a 46-year-old Middleburg man pumped $15 worth of gas, said he did not have the cash to pay for it, left his driver's license and promised to return within an hour. He did not return, police said.

The second incident occurred at 11:50 a. …

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