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Published on June 22, 2024
Hernando County Sheriff's Office Arrests Two Juveniles from Pinellas County for Armed Burglary and Firearm PossessionSource: Unsplash/ Michael Förtsch

In a recent development highlighting the issue of vehicle burglaries in suburban areas, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has arrested two juveniles for armed vehicle burglaries. Accorrding to the press release, Tyree Marqueze Maxwell and Braxton Abdule Gulley were found asleep in a vehicle near the crime scene, with a loaded handgun, later identified as the victim's, in plain view on the floor.

The investigation began on June 20 when a local resident dialed 9-1-1 to report an unauthorized entry into his unlocked car, parked right in his driveway — official documents detail how the young suspects allegedly seized a backpack containing miscellaneous items that included a loaded firearm, a lapsing in judgment that could have escalated into graver circumstances, had it not been for the swift action taken by authorities. Video surveillance revealed not just the commission of the crime, but also implicated the youths in attempted burglaries of other vehicles in the vicinity, an echo of a wider societal issue where young lives are entangled with criminal acts, possibly as a symptom of inadequate gun safety measures and socio-economic factors that often go unaddressed in community spheres.

With previous arrest histories that include grand theft and conveyance burglaries, both Maxwell and Gulley, hailing from Pinellas County, were charged with armed burglary conveyance, possession of a firearm by a juvenile, and attempted burglary conveyance. Further complicating their legal trajectory is the discovery of an additional stolen loaded firearm, also originating from an unlocked vehicle, found within their possession.

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