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2 teens connected to 10 burglaries, deputies say

Boys, ages 13 and 14, caught stealing TVs from Putnam County home, deputies say

PALATKA, Fla. – Two teenagers were arrested Monday on burglary charges after a neighbor spotted them taking two televisions from an Old Jacksonville Highway home north of Palatka, deputies said.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Deputy James Heath and his K-9 partner Axel tracked two of the three burglars into a nearby wooded area and captured the young suspects. The televisions were found nearby.

The teens, ages 13 and 14, were charged with burglary and grand theft and were turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice, deputies said. News4Jax is not naming the boys because of their ages.

A follow-up investigation by Detective Spencer Reinert connected the boys with nine additional burglaries, deputies said.

Reinert determined that the 10 burglaries, including the one Monday, were committed between Nov. 12 and Nov. 30. All of the burglaries were committed from Edgemoor Street throughout the western side of Palatka and ending north on Old Jacksonville Highway.

The various burglaries were not all to residences, but also to several vehicles. In each case a similar method of entry was used and similar property was stolen, as well as some witness descriptions that resembled the two, deputies said.

Reinert has filed complaint affidavits through the State Attorney’s Office seeking charges against the two for the additional burglaries.