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Boys arrested for Lake Park burglaries


Three 17-year-old juveniles are now facing burglary charges after being arrested Tuesday afternoon. Triston Jernigan, Daniel Edington, and Andres Gonzalez were all taken to the Lowndes County jail.

According to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, deputies noticed the three boys exit some woods in the Rolling Pines Drive area in Lake Park.

When deputies attempted to speak with them, they ran back into the woods. Several other deputies and a K-9 were called in.

The teens were arrested a short time later near the wooded area where they were first spotted.

Nine firearms, various electronics, jewelry, and other items were found wrapped in a bed comforter that had been stashed.

"With the help of one of our K-9 units," said Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Stryde Jones, "[deputies] were able to retrace [the suspects'] tracks and found where they had stashed all the goods from the home that they burglarized."

After investigating, deputies learned that the home at 4531 Water Oaks Trail in Lake Park had been burglarized.

So far, the suspects are only facing charges related to this burglary, but Jones said that will likely change.

"We've connected them to one burglary, now we are still investigating. We do know that they are connected to other burglaries and we're still fitting all those pieces of the puzzle together," Jones explained.

"Loosely associated, we could probably say five or six burglaries at this time. That may be more or may decrease based upon what our investigation has shown," continued Jones. 

The property recovered on Tuesday is roughly estimated to be worth $10,000-$15,000.

Here is the report from the Sheriff-

On Tuesday afternoon, around 3:00 a deputy on patrol noticed three individuals exit a wooded area near Rolling Pine Drive in Lake Park. The deputy stopped and attempted to talk with the persons but they turned and fled back into the woods.

 Additional deputies responded to the area and the three were captured a short distance away. A Sheriff's Office canine unit also responded and assisted with retracing the route that the persons had been which resulted in the discovery of a number of firearms, electronics and other items that were wrapped in a bed comforter that had been stashed.

During additional investigation by the deputies they discovered the residence at 4531 Water Oaks Trail had been burglarized. The homeowner was contacted and notified of the discovery.
The three persons, Daniel Edington, Triston Jernigan and Andres Gonzalez were all arrested and transported to the Criminal Investigation Division where they were interviewed by investigators.

Through these interviews the group's involvement in additional crimes has been identified and those investigations are ongoing. Additional charges will be made in the near future.
Daniel Edington, Triston Jernigan and Andres Gonzalez were transferred to the Lowndes County Jail and booked on the listed charges. They appeared in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court on Tuesday afternoon for an arraignment hearing where a bond was considered.

Sheriff Prine commended the actions of Deputy David Osteen, Deputy Dustin Icard and Deputy Martin Lanier who were alert and noticed these persons as suspicious and immediately acted and made the arrest. "To make these arrests and recover the property in such a prompt manner is outstanding work" said Sheriff Prine.

Sheriff Prine is asking that anyone with information on this case, or any other case to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or on line at www.lowndessheriff.com.


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