Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Four people (two adults and two juveniles) are accused of crime spree that seems to have stretched throughout Pinellas County.
Just after 5:00 a.m. on Sept. 24, Tarpon Springs Police officer Kim Mannion noticed two men walking in front of Tarpon Springs Elementary. They ran when she turned her cruiser around to investigate. Officers managed to catch one of the men, 18-year-old Joseph Lang, but they lost track of his companion in the heavy rain.
Shortly after, officers located a stolen Chrysler Sebring parked behind the First United Methodist Church. They also found a gun under the driver's seat and a stun gun outside the car that were presumed to be stolen in another incident.
Police figured the second suspect might return to the stolen car, so they disabled it and set up surveillance.
Just before 8:00 a.m., police saw three males enter the vehicle and try to drive away. All of them were arrested without incident.
The three admitted to stealing the vehicle, along with other vehicle burglaries between St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park and Tarpon Springs. One of suspects told police while being chased, they dropped a pink book bag which contained stolen items. So far, police haven't be able to located the bag. If you find it, call police at (727) 938-2840.
Arrested were 18-year-olds Joseph Richard Lang and Michael J. Ward. A 16-year-old and a 15-year-old were arrested as well, however 10 News is not releasing their names. Charges included grand theft auto, loitering and prowling.