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Children's Shelter teens go on crime spree, deputies say

2 teens face charges, more to come pending investigation

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ISLAMORADA, Fla. – A group of teenagers who ran away from the Children's Shelter in Plantation Key went on a crime spree this week, Monroe County Sheriff's deputies say.

Deputies said the teens, who range from 13 to 17 years old, burglarized cars and stole a car and numerous bicycles from Monday night to early Tuesday morning.

Daniel Placide, 16, was arrested on a charge of grand theft of a vehicle. A 15-year-old boy was also arrested on two counts of felony vehicle burglary and theft. The others could face charges, pending the outcome of the investigation.

According to deputies, the group took money from unlocked cars, swan at a pool after closing hours at Founder's Park in Islamorada and stole bicycles from bike racks at the park.

The bikes were found scattered throughout the park.

Deputies said the teens also stole an unlocked 1998 Toyota, which had the keys in the ignition.

Deputies said the group drove the car to Coral Shores High School, where they left it in the parking lot.

The teens returned to the shelter Tuesday morning.

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