FORT LAUDERDALE — A ragtag group of petty teen criminals from Fort Lauderdale pulled off an audacious heist in April, coming away with a Porsche worth $55,000, cash in the amount of $200,000 and 2 guns, according to cops.
The teens are just now facing the music.
The perpetrators were identified as Michael Bush, 14; Walter Walker, 16; Shomari Smith, 14; Jeremiah Laplace, 15; Rural Scott, 15; and Joshua Sargeant, 14.
The teens were all arrested on other charges of grand theft and armed burglary, but confessed to the April robbery of the affluent Marina Drive residence on North Hutchinson Island while in the custody of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
All, that is, except Scott and Sargeant.
Scott—who was already fitted with an ankle monitor in April—admits to being present for the Marina Drive theft and being a passenger in the stolen Porsche, but denies actually entering the home and taking part in the crime, telling his friends he’d “already been through this.”
Sargeant, on the other hand, simply wouldn’t confess, despite his friends implicating him.
It was Sargeant—who, according to the police report, “thinks he’s Scarface”—that took the 2 handguns from a table in the living room. (Since one of the pistols was loaded, it can be safely concluded that the teens were lucky that the homeowner wasn’t present at the time of their incursion.)
The whole episode stands as further evidence of the double standards of a society that nurtures kids on a diet of Grand Theft Auto, gangsta rap and “cash is king” mentality, but somehow expects them to resist those lessons and not try to take anything for themselves.
The young brigands came by the $200,000 by stealing a safe that Bush found in the residence and prying it open later with a crowbar. The safe was found empty several days later, as was the Porsche, which was recovered in Delray Beach with the keys inside.
Laplace—who must have taken most of his portion of the heist in cash—in particular failed to keep a low profile, purchasing (i) a Mercedes C300, (ii) a Dodge Challenger Helicat for his mother and (iii) gold in the forms of a chain, a bracelet and even teeth.
To top it off, he gave his mother (clearly not parent-of-the-year for questioning none of this) $40,000.
According to police, the teens have pulled similar jobs in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
They appear to have overreached, as all are now in St. Lucie County Jail.