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Additional charges filed against three teens accused in Killearn car burglaries, shooting

LCSO investigating multiple vehicle burglaries, shooting in Killearn area
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Posted at 2:30 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 09:34:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Three teens being charged as adults for a shooting and multiple car burglaries in the Killearn area are facing additional charges related to their multi-day crime spree. 

Eduardo Morales, 17, Kadeem Phillips, 16, and Enrique Almanza, 16, were already facing a total of nearly 40 felony charges related to a string of crimes in the Killearn area. Now the three are facing additional counts related to armed burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and grand theft of a firearm. 

According to court documents, these charges are related to 10 car burglaries and four grand theft auto cases.

Further investigation revealed the incidents occurred between Sept. 17 and Sept. 22 at Walton Drive, Piedmont Drive, Mosswood Chase, Pinewalk Drive, Bordeau Boulevard and Bankhead Road.

Investigators say these incidents were part of a multi-day crime spree that culminated in a shooting in the Killearn area on Sept. 22.

Court documents say Almanza admitted to investigators that he, Morales, and Phillips worked with another "crew," drove around with them, and committed the 10 car burglaries.

Almanza, Morales and Phillips are facing a total of 12 additional charges each related to grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm, armed burglary, burglary and grand theft. 

Prior to the new charges, the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office say the teens were responsible for a total of five auto thefts, 19 auto burglaries, two grand theft of a firearm, four grand thefts, eight petit thefts, and one aggravated assault.  

These incidents include those reported on Sept. 17 in the area of Mosswood Chase, and on Sept. 22 in the area of Iron Liege Trail, and Kingman Trail, where the suspects exchanged gunfire with a homeowner.    

Morales and Philips are also facing facing felony theft and gun charges after they led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle the morning of Sept. 25.

All three are being charged as adults all the counts. 


Three teens charged as adults in Killearn car burglaries, shooting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Three teens facing nearly 40 felony charges for a shooting and multiple car burglaries in the Killearn area will be charged as adults. 

Eduardo Morales, 17, Kadeem Phillips, 16, and Enrique Almanza, 16, are facing a total of nearly 40 felony charges related to a string of crimes in the Killearn area.

The Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office say the teens are responsible for a total of five auto thefts, 19 auto burglaries, two grand theft of a firearm, four grand thefts, eight petit thefts, and one aggravated assault.  

The State Attorney's Office confirmed the three teens will be charged as adults.

The decision was made at the end of last week after some deliberation. Once their paperwork has been finalized, they will be transferred to the Leon County Detention Center.

WTXL normally does not identify juveniles but we are choosing to do so in this case because they are being tried as adults.


TPD, LCSO makes arrests for multiple vehicle burglaries, shooting in Killearn area

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Three teens have been arrested in connection to multiple vehicle burglaries in the Killearn area last weekend, including one where shots were fired.

The Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office Crimes Task Force have found out a 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds were responsible for a total of five auto thefts, 19 auto burglaries, two grand theft of a firearm, four grand thefts, eight petit thefts, and one aggravated assault.  

These incidents include those reported on Sept. 17 in the area of Mosswood Chase, and on Sept. 22 in the area of Iron Liege Trail, and Kingman Trail, where the suspects exchanged gunfire with a homeowner.    

One of the 16-year-olds and 17-year-old are also facing facing felony theft and gun charges after they led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

TPD and LCSO stated a total of 16 cases have now been cleared. 

All three teens have been booked into the Juvenile Assessment Center. 

TPD and LCSO say the large majority of auto burglaries have no signs of forced entry and encourage residents to lock their vehicle doors, especially overnight, and remove their valuables.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two juveniles are facing felony theft and gun charges after they led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, a 17-year-old and 16-year-old were arrested on Sept. 25 after officers saw them driving a stolen vehicle in the area of Meridian Road and Henderson Road.  

Officers tried to stop the car but the driver refused to stop and sped away from officers. With the assistance of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, police say the car was found in the area of 401 Putnam Drive where the teens left the it and ran into the woods. 

TPD continued following the suspects and eventually found one in the woods between South Meridian Road and Putnam Drive and the other under a home in the 2500 block of South Meridian Street.  

During the thorough investigation of the stolen vehicle and arrest of the two suspects, six guns were found. 

The suspects were transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) for processing and each charged with several felony crimes to include grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm, and other charges. 

The guns found during the investigation were impounded for safekeeping and further investigation. 

The case has been assigned to the Property Crimes Task Force for additional follow up. The Property Crimes Task Force is a joint task for utilizing TPD investigators and LCSO detectives working together to investigate the numerous property crimes in our community.  

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. 

Due to the age of the juveniles, WTXL is choosing not to identify them.