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Traffic stop leads to suspected burglar's arrest

Passenger runs from police, arrested trying to hide at girlfriend's house

Elijah Simmons (left) and Joseph Simmons (right) Alachua County booking photos
Elijah Simmons (left) and Joseph Simmons (right) Alachua County booking photos (Alachau County Sheriff's Office)

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – A teenager wanted in connection with multiple Alachua County burglaries was arrested Friday night, along with his passenger, who attempted to run from police, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said just before 11 p.m., officers and detectives pulled over 19-year-old Elijah Simmons, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest and was under investigation for his suspected involvement in multiple burglaries and thefts in western Alachua County.

Officers arrested Simmons after finding two guns and drugs inside the car, authorities said.

Simmons’ passenger, 16-year-old Joseph Simmons, ran from officers and was tracked down trying to hide at his girlfriend’s house in Newberry, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was arrested on two outstanding warrants, and additional charges of carrying a concealed firearm and resisting an officer were also filed.

Elijah Simmons is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Additional charges are expected to be filed in connection with several burglaries reported in western Alachua County.