Polk deputies solve rash of vehicle burglaries; three teens in custody
(BTLS Staff) LAKELAND, Fla. – Authorities in Polk County have arrested three teenage boys in connection with a rash of vehicle break-ins that occurred Monday in Lakeland.
The crimes occurred in the early morning hours along several streets including Neptune Dr., Galvin Dr. and Crosby St.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report deputies on patrol spotted the three suspects just after 3 am but when they attempted to make contact with the juveniles they fled.
A short distance away one of the deputies noticed a partially opened vehicle door. When he checked inside it had been ransacked. A PCSO K-9 unit was called in to track the three suspects.
A few hours a man sleeping in a pick-up truck on Galvin Dr. was awakened by one of the teens attempting to burglarize the vehicle. The teen fled but the victim gave a detailed description on all three suspects – light-skinned black males in their teens wearing hooded sweatshirts.
On Wednesday detectives made contact with Adrian Chisolm, an 18-year-old New Port Richey resident. A warrant had been issued for his arrest on grand theft auto charges and vehicle burglary.
Prints lifted from the stolen car matched Chisolm’s. After he was taken into custody a search of his home was conducted. Investigators confiscated two Garmin GPS devices and a cell phone. All three items were stolen from vehicles on Neptune Dr.
A follow-up investigation led detectives to Chisolm’s two accomplices – 15-year-old Korenthian White of Lakeland and 14-year-old Julio Alcantra of Lakeland.
A bag belonging to White was located among Chisolm’s possession. Inside the bag was a firearm the report states. At the time of this arrest White was already on juvenile probation for having a weapon on school grounds.
After they were read their Miranda rights, Chisolm and White admitted burglarizing several vehicles near Neptune Dr. The older suspect also admitted to taking a video camera in January from a residence on Goodyear Ave.
He pawned the item for $40.
Chisolm was booked into the Polk County Jail on 17 counts of vehicle burglary, 10 counts of petit theft, three counts of grand theft, one count of dealing in stolen property, one count of giving false information to a pawn broker, one count of burglary of dwelling and one count of burglary of an occupied vehicle.
Despite his age, Chisolm has a lengthy criminal record that includes prior charges of criminal mischief, grand theft, burglary, trespassing and drug violations.
White was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center where he is facing a variety of charges including burglary, petit theft, grand theft and possession of a firearm. White too has a lengthy arrest record in Polk County.
Following his arrest Polk SO detectives received a tip that White was involved in the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver that occurred in December. White later confessed to the crime telling investigators that he and another juvenile.
His accomplice, 14-year-old John Borgen of Lakeland, was arrested and charged with one count of armed robbery as was White.
Alcantara was also taken to the JAC where he is facing burglary and theft charges. He too has a previous arrest record.
“Two theories were proven during this investigation,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd of the teens’ arrests. “Cars that are unsecured are more likely to be burglarized and the suspect who will steal a cell phone from an unlocked car is likely the same suspect who will commit even more serious crimes elsewhere. I commend our deputies and detectives for their tenacity in solving this rash of burglaries, an armed robbery and a residential burglary.”
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.