LATEST: Night of thefts, crashes ends with two in custody, one of them 13, PBSO says


A wild night of theft and vehicular violence that featured a stolen ATM, a stolen and crashed truck and a stolen Cadillac that ran through police "stop sticks," ended with two people in custody, one of them just 13 years old, authorities said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said the two incidents are not related, although they kept authorities busy.

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At about 1:45 a.m., the sheriff's office got a report that an ATM had been stolen from a Shell service station at Forest Hill Boulevard and Military Trail, just west of the Palm Springs village limits, the sheriff's office said.

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A clerk who identified himself as "Mike" told The Palm Beach Post on Monday that he watched as the two men left the truck and pushed the ATM two or three times before it fell onto a nearby ice machine. They then loaded it on the truck.

"They had masks, black shirts, white truck," the clerk said. He said the two did not have guns and left quickly and no one was hurt. 

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Moments after the theft was reported, the sheriff's office said, a deputy patrolling at Lake Worth and Jog roads spotted a pickup with an ATM in the bed. The truck crashed at the entrance to Lake Worth Road entrance to Florida's Turnpike and two people bailed out.

One was caught in the nearby Florida Gardens neighborhood, the sheriff's office said. 

That person was identified as Kwamain Diondre O'Neal, 29, of Lake Park. He was charged with unarmed burglary of a dwelling, larceny of up to $5,000, both felonies, and misdemeanor criminal mischief of $200 or less. He separately was charged with misdemeanor stalking. 

The second person remains at large, the agency said.

O’Neal was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 7 a.m. Court records for the overnight arrest had not yet been posted as of midday.

The truck used in the theft turned out to be stolen from Riviera Beach, the sheriff’s office said.

In a separate incident, about 3:30 a.m., the sheriff's office said, the OnStar vehicle security service reported a Cadillac SUV had been stolen in a county “pocket” east of Palm Beach Gardens.

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Palm Beach Gardens police laid out "stop sticks” at Burns Road and Military Trail, police spokesman Maj. Paul Rogers said.

PBSO said that after the SUV ran through the sticks, it got onto Interstate 95, deflated tires and all, before stopping several miles to the south near the Sixth Avenue South exit in Lake Worth.

Deputies then arrested the 13-year-old, who was from Broward County, the sheriff’s office said. 



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