3 teens arrested in burglaries, arson
As they continue to investigate a series of crimes in northwest St. Johns County in the last several months, Sheriff's Office deputies said that after receiving tips, they believe that three adults and two teens were involved in several burglaries and arson.
A witness learned of one of the incidents through Facebook and notified the Sheriff's Office that she saw a vehicle traveling in Jacksonville with music equipment that matched items stolen from a St. Johns County school deputies said.
Detectives said that as they followed up on the tip, they began working with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to try to find the vehicle and property. They found it on Race Track Road and stopped it, deputies said.
The driver told deputies he was on probation and did not want to go to jail, deputies said. They said as they spoke with the driver, they were able to see several items in plain view inside the vehicle, which they recognized as possible items stolen during the recent burglaries.
Detectives said they continued to identify and interview additional suspects, and on Friday, three of the suspects were arrested on charges relating to a burglary at Cunningham Creek Elementary School on June 28.
Deputies said they also received information on two of the suspects' involvement in the arson of two buses at a local daycare on June 12, totaling $74,000 in damage.
The suspects are identified as Shane Havlik, 16, who's charged with burglary theft, trespass, dealing in stolen property and criminal mischief; Montgomery McCaffrey, 18, who's charged with accessory after the fact and trespassing; and Samuel Maxey, 15, who's charged with accessory after the fact and trespassing.
Charges have been filed against the two suspects identified in the arson, deputies said.
They said their investigation continues into similar crimes in the area and additional charges are pending.
Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-209-2142 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS.
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