Suspect Accused of Burglarizing Unlocked Vehicles; Sheriff's Office Warns Residents | Crime

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Suspect Accused of Burglarizing Unlocked Vehicles; Sheriff's Office Warns Residents
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Suspect Accused of Burglarizing Unlocked Vehicles; Sheriff's Office Warns Residents

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A recent burglary arrest served as a reminder from the sheriff's office to keep your vehicles and your valuables locked.

The investigation began Sunday just after 4 a.m. when the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a vehicle burglary in progress on First Street, according to a news release from Sgt. Chuck Mulligan.

The victim saw the suspect, who fled the area before deputies arrived.

Other deputies approaching the scene, saw a vehicle leaving the area and made a traffic stop. The victim who saw the suspect recognized the driver, identified by the sheriff's office as 21-year-old Jacob Alexander Grant, from St. Augustine.

The deputies continued their investigation and discovered additional similar burglaries in the area.

In each case, Grant is accused of entering unlocked vehicles and taking items that were in plain sight.

Grant faced three counts of unarmed vehicle burglary and one count of unarmed burglary to an occupied dwelling; the deputies also identified one home they believe he had entered.

Mulligan said the sheriff's office is encouraging residents to not only lock their doors, but also to contact law enforcement if they see anything suspicious through the holiday season.

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