Police don't buy teen's defense in car burglary case

Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.

A 17-year-old from Marion County was chased by a Gainesville woman who said the teen had burglarized her car. Investigators said the teen then waited around for police to show up so he could defend himself by giving his version of the events.

That tactic didn't work out very well; Gainesville police ended up arresting the teen.

The incident happened Wednesday in the 1300 block of Northeast 39th Avenue. The woman told police she had been visiting her mother and saw the teen burglarizing her car as she walked toward it.

The teen ran off with the woman chasing him, according to police, but she lost sight of him and abandoned the chase.

The woman said the teen returned to her car a short time later and she confronted him. According to investigators, the teen waited at the scene and told them that he had not committed the crime. During an interview, the teen changed his story, confessed and turned over $13,500 worth of jewelry that the woman said he had stolen from her car, police said.

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