16-year-old boy racks up 36 charges in Broward County

Jeremiah Laplace accused of stealing cars, gun

By Carlos Suarez - Anchor/Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A South Florida teenager has run into some trouble with the law, and at only 16 years old, police say he has quite the arrest record.

Jeremiah Laplace went before a judge Tuesday to face a number of charges -- 36 in all. 
The teen stood quietly as a judge added the bond for each of the counts.  

"Sir, I believe you can bond out with $553,200," the judge said. 

Laplace has been arrested more than a dozen times across Broward County, dating back to 2015 when he was only 14 years old. 

His father blames the crime spree on his son's friends. 

"You think he's fallen in with the wrong crowd. Is that right?" Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez asked.

"Yeah, I think he fell into the wrong crowd a couple of years ago," Terrence Lemon said. 

Laplace was arrested in February when officers pulled him over and found that he was armed with a stolen gun.  

In August of last year, the teen and four others were charged with stealing a dozen cars from a dealership and later ditching them.

"Jeremiah is a good kid. He's just easily influenced," his father said. "He's smart and intelligent. I own a restaurant and Jeremiah can practically do everything. But he's easily influenced as far as somebody that is going to do something wrong." 

In March of last year, police said the teen bought two BB guns at the Swap Shop to rob someone at a nearby Pet Supermarket. 

But according to his arrest form, the victim fought back and hit Laplace with one of the guns. 

Laplace has yet to post bond. 

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