MANATEE — Two juveniles were charged with grand theft after deputies say they stole an ATV and tried to strip parts from it, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The 14- and 15-year-old male juveniles were arrested at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on 51 Avenue Drive West.
A lieutenant on vacation reportedly contacted a sheriff’s deputy after receiving a tip one of the juveniles had a stolen ATV behind his home and was stripping parts off. Deputies say the suspects have been committing burglaries and stealing bicycles and chopping them up.
Both juveniles were arrested. Other suspects reportedly may face more charges.
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Stripped parts from the ATV were reportedly found behind the residence on the pond’s edge. The owner took possession of it, according to a report.