CLEARWATER, Fla. — Pinellas County deputies said they arrested two juveniles who broke into several vehicles and left in a stolen car.
The incident began at 2:16 a.m. Friday, when deputies were patrolling in unincorporated Clearwater. They said they saw a black male running after seeing the patrol car.
They said a 15-year-old suspect and a 17-year-old suspect got into a stolen vehicle and fled onto southbound U.S. 19.
A sheriff's helicopter followed the vehicle. Deputies tried to use a tire deflation device but were unsuccessful. Eventually, the suspects were apprehended.
The 15-year-old was with grand theft auto, one count of loitering and prowling, and one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding. He also had six active juvenile pick-up orders for various charges.
The 17-year-old was charged with grand theft auto.
Deputies say both teens were on felony probation for grand theft auto and were being monitored by the Habitual Offender Monitoring Enforcement program, a task force aimed at reducing teen crime.
The 15-year-old was the sole survivor of a crash in a stolen car on Aug. 17, 2017, deputies said. His 16-year-old brother died in that crash, along with another 16-year-old and a 14-year-old boy.
The suspect was 14 at the time.
More charges may be filed. We are withholding their names because of their ages.
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