• Jacksonville theft ring expands to St. Johns County, authorities say


    ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - A car-burglary ring in Jacksonville has expanded to St. Johns County, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

    Authorities said Jacksonville suspects have committed a variety of crimes in St. Johns County in the last week.

    Chief David Shoar said it is not an epidemic, but officers want the public to be aware.

    Shoar said a carload of people from Jacksonville traveled to St. Augustine Beach Tuesday in a stolen car, which was recovered by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

    Another vehicle entered the same gated community where a previous crime had been reported and was spotted by a deputy, who ran the tags and discovered that the car had been reported stolen in Jacksonville, Chief Robert Hardwick said.

    The officer captured four suspects after a short chase. Other officers from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office captured two other suspects.

    The four suspects in the car confessed to stealing the car and the burglaries, Hardwick said.

    Hardwick said five of the six suspects are in custody. The sixth person was released.

    Four men and a woman confessed to numerous other car burglaries, house burglaries and an auto theft ring out of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, authorities said.

    Other charges are expected. 

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