Detectives arrested a youngster on Thursday after a CCSO investigation discovered he carried out at the very least three robberies over the summer time utilizing Fb Market.
Leo Etienne, 16, is charged with a number of felonies together with armed theft, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Detectives mentioned Etienne displayed a firearm in one of many robberies.
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk known as the arrest an impressive instance of how the company comes collectively to resolve crimes.
“This was a collaborative effort by a number of models and concerned quite a few hours of creating leads by means of investigative efforts, accumulating hours of video, interviewing a number of witnesses, and extra, all in an effort to thwart this harmful crime pattern,” Sheriff Rambosk mentioned.
The investigation discovered Etienne coordinated three robberies by means of Fb Market which he carried out near his residence in Immokalee. Etienne then bought the stolen property to different consumers.
In one of many robberies the victims agreed to drive to Immokalee to promote Beats headphones to Etienne. They met at an organized location the place Etienne took possession of the headphones and displayed a firearm in his waistband, claiming the Beats have been now his. The victims feared for his or her security and contacted legislation enforcement.
In one other, Etienne organized to fulfill the sufferer at Eden Park Elementary College to purchase a gold necklace for $2,000. Etienne reached into the sufferer’s automobile and stole the necklace from the sufferer’s neck earlier than operating away. Etienne staged one other theft on the elementary college the place he stole jewellery valued at $1,200 from the sufferer.
By the investigation Etienne was developed as a suspect and was recognized by one of many victims from a photograph lineup.
On Thursday detectives interviewed Etienne and took him into custody.
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