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Tallahassee man arrested for car theft, break-ins in Golden Park area

Posted at 2:53 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 14:53:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Another string of car burglaries led to the arrest of a Tallahassee man after officers found him in a stolen vehicle with a loaded gun and other items stolen from parked cars in the Golden Park area.

According to police reports, Milton Garrison, III, 25, was arrested early on Feb. 3 after Tallahassee police were called to Clemons and Pullen in the Golden Park area for possible car break-ins.

A witness told police that 30 minutes earlier they had seen a tall, slender man in a blue sedan driving through the area slowly peering into car windows.

The caller had taken note of the sedan’s license plate, leading officers to discover the car was reported stolen the day before. The owner of the vehicle told police it had been left unlocked, with the only key left inside. Several residents of the area also reported their cars had been broken into on Feb. 2, including two guns from another unlocked car.
Officers found Garrison sitting in the stolen car and was taken into custody.

When asked if he had anything that could hurt or injure the officers, Garrison motioned towards his pocket and said, "Careful how you grab it." There, officers found a loaded pistol with a serial number matching the one previously reported stolen.

According to the arrest report, Garrison denied stealing the car, claiming a man he did not know asked him to drive it. Inside the car, officers found dozens of items that had been reported stolen. Garrison claimed all the stolen items were in the car before it was given to him.

TPD confirmed the items were reported missing after Garrison took possession of the vehicle.

Garrison was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, nine counts of burglary and six counts of petty theft. As of Monday, Garrison remains in jail on a $46,250 bond.