On November 20, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the area of Palmetto Street and Clayton Avenue in reference to a group of suspicious juveniles with back packs. The caller advised they were throwing trash into the street and walking up into the homeowner’s property. Officer Troy Smith who responded to the area observed two juveniles at the corner of Lexington Street and Ingraham Avenue. After the juveniles spotted the marked patrol cars, they fled north bound. Ofc. Troy Smith then observed one of the juvenile identified as Jernarious Lamar at 816 Ingraham Avenue jump a fence and he left behind a black backpack on the ground. Lamar fled again from another officer on Lexington Street and was later apprehended by at 700 South Ingraham Avenue after being spotted by an officer on the perimeter.
The black backpack dropped by Lamar contained stolen property from 1035 Lexington Avenue. Several other items stolen from this residence was found nearby on the ground. While Lamar was being booked-in at the Lakeland Police Department, officers located stolen property from Lexington in his pocket.
Detectives are currently working the case in an attempt to identify the other suspects and any other possible burglaries in the area. All of the stolen property from 1035 Lexington was recovered and returned back to the victim.
Arrested: Jernarious Lamar, 16 yrs of age, 618 N. Grady Avenue, Lakeland, Fla.
Charges: Burglary to Unoccupied Dwelling
Resisting Arrest W/O Violence