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posted Jun 5, 2013 - 3:28:24pm
A crime spree committed by four teens in Volusia and Seminole Counties was derailed Tuesday when a Deltona man interrupted a burglary at his home, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported.
The teens fled, but the alert victim had no problem obtaining the getaway vehicle's license number and passing it and the car's description to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. A short time later, deputies attempted to stop the suspects, but they sped away, the Sheriff's Office reported. The teens then abandoned their car and tried their luck on foot. But K-9 teams and a helicopter tracked them and the teens were taken into custody. Subsequent interviews with the group revealed they were responsible for recent crimes in Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford and Deltona, according to the Sheriff's Office.
More charges are pending pending.
"I just got home from work and could see them in the back yard sitting there in their car," the victim reported when he called 911 from his Worthington Drive home shortly after 5 p.m. "They saw me pull into my driveway and I waited a second and all of the sudden I could hear car doors. They must have been jumping back into the car and they sped out."
It was later discovered that electronic game systems, a television and other items from the home were missing. The victim relayed the license number for the silver Chevrolet Sonic and their direction of escape to the dispatcher. That helped deputies find the car less than 10 minutes later on Doyle Road heading toward the interstate.
A deputy attempted a traffic stop, but the suspects accelerated away. However, several other deputies converged in the area. The teens turned down another road and discovered that it was a dead end, forcing them to leave the car and run through the nearby woods.
A Seminole County Sheriff's Office helicopter helped deputies and K-9 units on the ground find all four teens. Property stolen from the Worthington Drive home and a separate Sanford burglary was found in the car, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Investigators from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Seminole County Sheriff's Office and Sanford Police Department then interviewed Toivontae Williams, 19, Travis Williams, 17, and two others under the age of 16. All four are from Sanford and are related to one another. Sanford investigators have charges pending on the group for multiple crimes in their jurisdiction. Seminole County investigators identified six burglaries and Volusia County investigators are working on a stolen vehicle case and two burglaries possibly connected to the teens.
So far, all four Sanford residents are charged with burglary, grand theft and resisting an officer without violence. Toivontae Williams also faces charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, no valid drivers license and violation of probation. Additional charges are pending.
Toivontae Williams was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. The three juveniles were transported to the Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Daytona Beach.
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