JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A teenager accused of burglarizing a Jacksonville police officer's Murray Hill home and stealing his pickup truck and dog had been arrested four months ago after stealing another pickup truck, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Patrick Bell, 14, was ordered by a Duval County judge Thursday to be held in juvenile detention.
Bell is charged with armed burglary, auto theft, one count of aggravated battery on an officer and three counts of aggravated assault on an officer.
Since he faces charges of aggravated assault on an officer, Bell could be prosecuted as an adult.
When Bell was arrested Tuesday evening, he was on probation for a prior arrest for stealing another pickup truck in June, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Patrick Manucy, the victim of the first auto theft, said he had left most of his belongings in his truck at the time it was stolen. He said luckily his phone was also in truck, which had a GPS tracking system.
"I actually found my truck back here in these apartments. Everything in it was gone, found drugs and drug paraphernalia in my truck, broken windshield, seats were cut up," Manucy said. "It was sitting in a parking spot, actually. In front of some of these apartments -- just sitting there."
Bell was seen by witnesses dumping the pickup truck at an apartment complex, and then running away, an arrest report said.
Police arrived in the area, and found Bell. He was positively identified by three witnesses, and arrested, police said.
Manucy said he was stunned to find out that Bell had been arrested again when he saw his face on the news this week.
"I was like, 'Are you serious?' Because he hasn't even started paying me back restitution on stealing my truck," Manucy said.
Manucy said he felt the judge went to easy on the teenager when he was put on probation for stealing his pickup truck, and ordered to serve house arrest time.
"He can go tell anybody, 'Hey, I stole a vehicle. I got away with it and the only thing I had to do was write a book report and wear an ankle monitor for about a month,'" Manucy said.
Manucy told News4Jax Thursday that he's thankful not to be in the same situation as the police officer, who is still missing his dog, in the new case.
There is a $1,000 reward for the safe return of Hemingway, an 8-year-old pit bull who wears a brown leather collar.
The officer's friends have organized searches to find Hemingway. The first search will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the First Alliance Baptist Church at 1132 Hamilton Street. Another search will start at 5 p.m.