Crime spree: Stuart teen cousins steal car, 9mm handgun, ‘anything of value,’ break into vehicles



Two teen cousins looking for “anything of value” were charged with multiple felonies after stealing a car and breaking into a number of vehicles.

One of the “items of value” stolen during that crime spree, was a 9mm gun and three magazines.

16-year old Michael Richmond and 13-year old Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Sullivan, both of Stuart, parked the stolen car near the Hibiscus Park Community, then began walking the neighborhood in search of cars or structures to burglarize.

At one point, someone reported the teens as suspicious, but not before they stole a 9mm gun and three magazines from a vehicle.

The teens ran when deputies arrived, but eventually surrendered.

One of the teens tossed the weapon to the ground as deputies approached, but it was recovered.

At least 6-victims were identified.

One victim told deputies she is familiar with the younger suspect as “Everyone in the neighborhood knows that he breaks into people’s homes and cars.”

Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Sullivan was charged with three counts of Unarmed Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Armed Burglary, and Grand Theft of a Firearm. All felonies.

Michael Richmond was charged with two counts of Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, and Armed Burglary. All felonies.

MCSO reminds everyone to remove all valuables from your vehicle at night (especially guns) and keep your car doors locked.

When a burglar steals a gun, their charge changes from burglary to armed burglary.

An armed burglar is not only a danger to citizens, but a danger to responding deputies as well.

Both suspects were processed and taken to the juvenile detention center. 

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