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LCSO: 2 teens arrested after vehicle burglary spree

Cotton Aultman
Posted at 8:05 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 20:05:11-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Two Leon County teens have been arrested after they allegedly burglarized multiple vehicles in the northeast area of the county on Jan. 31.

They were caught after a homeowner spotted them in his driveway while they were breaking into his car, the Leon County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

At 10:25 p.m. on Jan. 31, LCSO deputies responded to a residential area on Bass Ridge Trial about vehicle burglaries that were in progress.

When deputies arrived, they obtained a video of the incident that showed two male suspects on the property with one acting as a lookout while the other entered the vehicle, investigators said.

As a result of the video, 19-year-old Hunter Aultman and 17-year-old Harper Cotton were taken into custody for their alleged roles in the robberies.

LCSO deputies then learned that Cotton was possibly in possession of two handguns from previous burglaries, the release said.

Contact was then made with Cotton and his parent and deputies recovered two Glock handguns from his bedroom at his home.

One of the handguns recovered had previously been reported stolen to LCSO, according to investigators.

Detectives also learned other vehicle robberies committed by the two teens resulted in a large number of stolen firearms, some of which were then sold over social media applications.

LCSO continues to investigate the suspects' involvement in other robberies with possible additional charges.

Based on the evidence, authorities found probable cause to charge Cotton with armed burglary, grand theft of a firearm, dealing in stolen property, possession of a weapon by a minor and a violation of probation. Cotton has been transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Aultman was charged with armed burglary and two counts of violation of probation and was transported to the Leon County Detention Center.