Jacksonville Juvenile Grand Theft Charges for Stolen Vehicle

First Coast News of Jacksonville reported a story about a group of teenagers that are suspected of stealing two vehicles in Jacksonville.  According to the news story:

Jacksonville Theft Attorney

Grand Theft Auto for Stolen Range Rover

“Five teens were detained by JSO in connection to two stolen cars in north side Jacksonville on Sunday, officers confirm. FCN’s Mike Lyons reports that the police told him a white Range Rover and a black Chevrolet Tahoe were reported missing three days ago on February 19. Earlier this afternoon, the police got a call about the Range Rover in question and traced the tags. When police pulled the vehicle over on Bristol Avenue and Waynesboro in north side Jacksonville, five teens got out and ran. Police said they threw firearms over a park fence near where they were pulled over. They assume the firearms were inside the vehicle, but that information has not been confirmed, JSO said. Officers report catching two girls and three boys, all adolescents.”

The news report only states that the teenagers were detained.  It does not state whether or not the children were given a court date or if they will be facing charges in Jacksonville juvenile delinquent court.  They may be facing Jacksonville grand theft auto charges for the stolen vehicle.  The Florida theft law is Section 812.014.  In regards to grand theft auto, this law states:

“(1) A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently:
(a) Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property.
(b) Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property….
It is grand theft of the third degree and a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if the property stolen is…. A motor vehicle, except as provided in paragraph (a).”

In the Jacksonville juvenile criminal case reported above, all of the children may not be charged with grand theft auto.  There is a possibility that not all of the teenagers in the vehicle had anything to do with the theft of the Range Rover.  The news story does mention that the teens had firearms and disposed of them.  Depending on the facts of the case, they may be charged with a firearms violation.  Florida Statute Section 790.22(3) governs minors in possession of guns.  This Florida firearms law states:

(3) A minor under 18 years of age may not possess a firearm, other than an unloaded firearm at his or her home, unless:
(a) The minor is engaged in a lawful hunting activity and is:
1. At least 16 years of age; or
2. Under 16 years of age and supervised by an adult.
(b) The minor is engaged in a lawful marksmanship competition or practice or other lawful recreational shooting activity and is:
1. At least 16 years of age; or
2. Under 16 years of age and supervised by an adult who is acting with the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.
(c) The firearm is unloaded and is being transported by the minor directly to or from an event authorized in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b).

A minor who violates this Florida gun law commits a misdemeanor of the first degree for a first offense.  For a second or subsequent offense, a minor who violates this law commits a felony of the third degree.



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