Police: Teen stole car, candy canes

19-year-old accused of burglarizing Christmas tree stand

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - When Richard Mundy woke up Sunday morning, he went outside his condo in St. Augustine Beach and noticed his parking spot was empty.

"I came downstairs, which is what I always do, went outside to get the paper, and no car," Mundy said.

His 1998 yellow Porsche Boxster had been stolen. Hours later, St. Johns County deputies said, investigators found the car with 19-year-old Chase Cameron.

According to a police report, someone called 911 when they thought Cameron was acting nervous and irritated at a McDonald's in Ponte Vedra.

"He did more damage in three hours than I've done to the car in 13 years," Mundy said.

When investigators arrested Cameron and opened up the Porsche, they found evidence of another crime. At some point Sunday morning, deputies drove to Ponte Vedra, where investigators believe Cameron went to a Christmas tree lot here and broke into their shed.

Inside the Porsche, deputies found tools, a cash register, a credit card machine and candy canes.

"Who steals two boxes of candy canes? I mean that's the Grinch. We give those to the little kids," said Kevin Varnadoe, of Severt's Christmas Trees.

In 18 years of business, Varnadoe said this was the first time he's had a tree lot broken into and burglarized.

"That was the really bad thing we thought. This has got to be more than a thief. He's just a bad person," Varnadoe said.

Cameron is being held at the St. Johns County Jail on $18,000.

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