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Posted: 7:01 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Teen caught burglarizing unlocked cars with gun he had just stolen

Two arrested for "car hopping"

Rashard Williams
Rashard Williams

By Stephanie Brown

Jacksonville, FL —

In the aftermath of a rash of unlocked car break-ins across the First Coast, Jacksonville police have caught two teens in the act.

A witness called JSO around 4 AM Thursday saying two people were seen pulling car door handles on E Cherokee Circle in Riverside. Another witness confronted the suspects and held them at gunpoint until police arrived.

19-year-old Christopher Williams and 16-year-old Rashard Williams planned to meet at 1:30 AM to go “car hopping”, according to JSO. That means they intended to explore neighborhoods while checking door handles for open cars. They would burglarize any unlocked vehicles.

Rashard had a gun on him at the time he was caught, and JSO says he admitted to stealing it that morning from a car. Police say he had been “car hopping” with four other suspects through the early morning hours.

Rashard has been charged with three counts of burglary to a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and criminal conspiracy. Christopher has been arrested for three counts of burglary to a vehicle and criminal conspiracy.

JSO is urging you once against to remove guns and valuables from your vehicles and to lock your doors at all times. The Sheriff’s Office says, in August, there were 771 auto burglaries in Jacksonville, during which 84 guns were stolen- mostly from unlocked cars.

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