Police briefs 6/14/18

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 6/13/18

Juveniles arrested for string of vehicle break-insGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Two juveniles face charges of burglary following an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.On June 12, …

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Police briefs 6/14/18


Juveniles arrested for string of vehicle break-ins

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Two juveniles face charges of burglary following an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

On June 12, CCSO received multiple calls about several vehicles being burglarized in the Chief Ridaught subdivision on County Road 220. While officers were on scene investigating this incident, an additional officer who was responding to a separate incident involving two juveniles, determined through his investigation, the two juveniles were involved in the vehicles being burglarized.

“We would like to emphasize these vehicles were unlocked. As a reminder, lock your vehicles and do not become a crime of opportunity,” states Sgt. Keith Smith, public information officer in a press release.

In a previous media alert regarding the break-in investigation, CCSO officials said 29 firearms have been stolen this year in multiple burglary cases the department is investigating.

Mother leaves toddler in car for hours

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A St. Augustine woman who went on a drinking binge at a Clay County bar faces child neglect charges after leaving her toddler child in her car unattended while she imbibed.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office booked Stephanie Lynn Ward, 35, a resident of Hardwood Trail in St. Augustine, in the Clay County Jail on June 7 after she was arrested in St. Johns County and transported to Clay County.

According to the police report, Ward had been seen drinking at Saloon 17 just north of Green Cove Springs on U.S. Highway 17 where a bartender claimed to have served the woman drinks from about 4:30 p.m. until 9 that evening. When Ward went to leave she was heavily intoxicated, according to the report, and came back into the bar to get help jump starting her car.

Upon helping Ward, the bartender and others inside the bar saw a child in the backseat of the vehicle sitting in a child’s car seat. Witnesses said the child was sweating and crying. The bartender went inside to call 911 but Ward had left by the time she had placed the call. She was later arrested in the Nocatee community in St. Johns County.

Ward faces a felony for child neglect and was released from Clay County Jail on $25,000 bond.


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