MANATEE — Three stolen cars were recovered and three persons were charged with grand theft about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.
A deputy went to the 1500 block of 34th Avenue East to look for Jacob Jenkins, who he knew to have a arrest warrant for fraud, according to the sheriff’s office.
While standing next to his patrol car, the deputy saw Jenkins run from the 1600 block of 34th Avenue East and attempt to hide behind a car in the 3600 block of 16th Street East, according to the sheriff’s report.
The deputy then saw a 1996 Green Ford Explorer, which was reported stolen out of Palmetto Police Department, drive out of the 1600 block of 34th Avenue East. Paul Sculco, 35, was stopped and arrested, the report said.
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The deputy then saw a red Mercury Grand Marquis parked in the 1500 block of 34th Avenue East and discovered it was reported stolen as well by the Palmetto Police Department.
A third vehicle, a 1997 Explorer reported stolen along with the other two vehicles, was found still running and with the ignition punched behind 1500 block of 34th Avenue East.
Through investigation Amy Melbar, 19, was found to be driving this vehicle, the sheriff’s report said.
Several keys and titles, most likely from the car lot from which the vehicles were stolen, were found in the pockets of Jenkins and Sculco as well as the glove boxes of both Ford Explorers, the report said.
Palmetto Police Department was contacted and a detective responded to the scene. The vehicles were towed by Palmetto Police Department for processing.
All three suspects were charged with grand theft. Palmetto Police Department will continue their investigation into the burglary.