Weeki Wachee traffic stop yields car theft suspect

Hernando County deputies arrested a Jacksonville man during a traffic stop Friday evening in connection with a number of burglaries and a car theft committed earlier that day in Weeki Wachee.

James Chesteen, 18, was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of grand theft auto after the car he was driving erratically on U.S. Hwy. 19 showed as being stolen in Jacksonville.

The Hernando County Sheriffs Office said Chesteen subsequently admitted to breaking into two homes in Weeki Wachee, stealing a purse, cell phones and two sets of car keys. In both instances he entered through unlocked sliding glass doors.

Chesteen told deputies he had been using a lookout to monitor houses in the neighborhood, and that individual had committed similar break-ins around the area.

The HCSO said Chesteen also admitted to using a stolen debit card to make a pair of purchases at WalMart. The stolen car, a Toyota RAV4 which Chesteen stole after returning to the second residence, was recovered at a Port Richey apartment complex.

Chesteen was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center with bond set at $32,000.


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