Three teenagers arrested after a rash of car burglary in Lakeland – CBS Tampa

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) -On October 1, 2021, the Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three teenage brothers: 14-year-old Adarius Valdez from Wauchula, 15-year-old Hasachi Thompson from Bartow and 18-year-old Malachi Thompson from Bartow for several car burglaries in non- incorporated Lakeland, where three firearms and several other items were stolen. Adarius and Malachi are prolific young offenders, and at the time of the burglaries they were on trial – Malachi for vehicle burglary and Adarius for major theft.
Suspected of burglary in cars
“These two children who are out of control are another good example that the Department of Juvenile Justice does not hold serious young criminals accountable, resulting in more crime and more victims. When young people are not held accountable enough by DJJ, young people think they can continue to do what they like – their criminal behavior escalates in both number and severity. This makes our communities, citizens and businesses less secure, ”said Grady Judd, sheriff

The three have been arrested and charged with a total of 304 crimes for burglary.

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Malachi Thompson’s criminal history includes 9 previous criminal charges (including 5 crimes), including theft, loitering and prowling, burglary, possession of marijuana, possession of synthetic marijuana, false information to a police officer. Malachi was arrested for:

Conspiracy to break into cars (F3) (19 counts)
Major theft of a firearm (F3) (3 counts)
Petit Theft (M2) (13 counts)
Armed burglary / car (F1) (19 counts)
Possession of burglary tools (F3) (19 counts)
Use / display of a firearm during a crime (F2) (1 count)
Loitering / Prowling (M2) (3 counts)
Wearing a mask on someone else’s property (M2) (1 count)
Resistance of a police officer without violence (M1) (5 counts)
Interference with custody (F3) (2 counts)
Wearing mask / hood on public property (M2) (1 count)
Burglary in an undeveloped structure (F3) (1 count)
Illegal possession of 5 or more personal IDs (F3) (1 count)
Carrying a Hidden Firearm (F3) (1 count)
Infringement (M1) (3 counts)
Contribution to a minor’s crime (M1) (2 counts)

Adarius Valdez’s criminal history includes 13 previous criminal charges, including 7 vehicle burglaries and 6 thefts in Hardee County in 2020, which were merged into a single count by Grand Theft. He was sentenced to parole, and then in August 2021 he was listed as parole and a juvenile pickup order was issued for the arrest.

“Why is this productive youth not being taken seriously by DJJ? Who is watching him? What kind of ‘community-based care’ or program is he involved in? Is this therapist or program being held accountable? Said Grady Judd, sheriff

Adarius was arrested for:

Armed vehicle burglary (F1) (17 counts)
Attempted armed burglary in vehicle (2 counts)
Conspiracy to break into cars (F3) (19 counts)
Major theft of a firearm (F3) (3 counts)
Petit Theft (M2) (13 counts)
Infringement (M1) (3 counts)
Resistance of a police officer without violence (M1) (4 counts)
Loitering / Prowling (M2) (2 counts)
Possession of burglary tools (F3) (19 counts)
Illegal possession of 5 or more personal IDs (F3) (1 count)
Carrying a Hidden Firearm (F3) (1 count)
Commits a criminal offense in possession of a firearm (19 counts)
Wearing mask / hood on public property (M2) (1 count)
Wearing a mask on someone else’s property (M2) (1 count)

Hasachi Thompson’s past criminal history includes a charge against Larceny Grand Theft, for which he completed the trial. He was also charged with failing to appear in court. He was reported as a missing escape in August this year.

“When a young person does not appear in court and runs away from juvenile supervision, and there is no consequence, it encourages more criminal behavior. “Some of these young offenders are emptying their noses at the system – there must be appropriate accountability in our juvenile justice system,” said Grady Judd, sheriff.

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Hasachi was arrested for:

Armed vehicle burglary (F1) (17 counts)
Attempted armed burglary in vehicle (2 counts)
Conspiracy to break into cars (F3) (19 counts)
Major theft of a firearm (F3) (3 counts)
Petit Theft (M2) (13 counts)
Infringement (M1) (1 counts)
Resistance of a police officer without violence (M1) (5 counts)
Loitering / Prowling (M2) (1 counter)
Possession of burglary tools (F3) (19 counts)
Innocent negligence (2 counts)
Illegal possession of 5 or more personal IDs (F3) (1 count)
Carrying a Hidden Firearm (F3) (1 count)
Commits a criminal offense in possession of a firearm (19 counts)
Wearing mask / hood on public property (M2) (1 count)
Wearing a mask on someone else’s property (M2) (1 count)

‘These three brothers have 24 previous criminal charges combined – and now they have been charged with a further 304 crimes for this burglary. They have had several chances with test and diversion programs. It is time for the young criminal justice system to hold them accountable for sacrificing innocent, hard-working people. Because of the great work of my deputies, they were quickly taken off the streets before they could sacrifice others. Also for community members, it feels like I say this too often – please lock your belongings – it does not make it easy for these criminals to steal your hard earned property. An unlocked vehicle is an easy target. Said Grady Judd, sheriff

During the early morning hours of Friday, October 1, 2021, deputies in the Highland City area of ​​unincorporated Lakeland responded to investigate reports of multiple car burglaries.

With the assistance of PCSO K-9 deputies and the aviation unit, Malachi, Adarius and Hasachi were found hidden in a large facility in a resident’s backyard. The three refused the commands of the deputies and tried to flee the area.

Hasachi struggled with deputies and escaped before attempting to jump over a fence before being apprehended. Malachi and Adarius jumped over a fence and ran into another backyard. They were quickly apprehended.

Adarius admitted to deputies that he and his brothers had met in Wauchula and planned to burglarize cars in the Highland City area. He also said he chose to be on the lookout during the burglaries because he was already on probation for having done the same.

Deputies searched the suspects and recovered three stolen handguns, ammunition, credit / debit cards, identifications and other stolen items.

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This investigation is underway as it is possible that more victims may emerge.

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