Teen Facing Charges For Multiple Vehicle Thefts, Burglaries In Cantonment

July 18, 2018

A teen is facing charges in connection with multiple vehicle thefts and vehicle burglaries in the Cantonment area.

Leon Benjamin, 16, is facing two counts of grand theft auto, 15 counts of vehicle burglary and multiple counts of petit theft, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle burglaries occurred on Southern Oaks Drive, Bur Oak Drive, Towhee Canyon Drive and Broken Arrow Lane, with a vehicle theft on both Bur Oak and Broken Arrow.

While investigating the vehicle burglaries, patrol deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle near Bur Oak Drive and got out with it on Winn Dixie on Highway 29. ECSO Investigator Brett McCormick said Benjamin was a passenger in that vehicle and had the keys to two stolen vehicles.  He had sent a text message telling a friend that he had stolen three vehicles, but deputies have not located a third stolen vehicle.

“This was an example of patrol deputies and investigators working together,” Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Major Andrew Hobbs said.

McCormick said the ECSO has obtained security camera video of the vehicle crimes, and they are encouraging everyone in the area to check their security cameras for footage from Tuesday, July 10.

Anyone with video or other information is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9630.

Pictured: The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office recovered a vehicle near Tate High School that had been stolen from the Bentley Oaks Subdivison. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Comments

2 Responses to “Teen Facing Charges For Multiple Vehicle Thefts, Burglaries In Cantonment”

  1. Jerry Barry on July 18th, 2018 11:17 pm

    Great job by our outstanding deputies and investigators. Truly dedicated professional personnel stopping crimes in our neighborhoods.
    Law enforcements individuals seem not to get the credit they deserve.
    I’m an individual who always thanks law enforcement people for the outstanding job they are doining when I meet them.

  2. Jason on July 18th, 2018 5:06 am

    This isnt Leon Benjamin’s first arrest. He was part of another group that was arrested and convicted of vehicle burglaries in 2017. Its been less than a year since his last conviction. The juvenile justice system has tried many times to bring change to this childs life. Maybe its time to protect society and send this career criminal to state prison.





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