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Lake City police recover car stolen from Williston

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Updated: 6/11/2013 10:17 pm

LAKE CITY, Fla. -- The Lake City Police Department found a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Williston.

On Monday, officers got a tip that a vehicle reported stolen out of Williston, was at the Lake City Mall.

Officers found the vehicle and followed it. After confirming it was stolen, officers attempted to stop the driver.

The passenger, Albert Merritt, told police he had stolen his mother's vehicle and he asked Trevor Atkins to drive him to Lake City. Both admitted they knew the vehicle was stolen. Both were arrested for grand theft.

Merritt, a juvenile, was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Gainesville.

Atkins was booked into the Columbia County jail.

Both face charges of felony grand theft of a vehicle.

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