Mom turns in son for suspected vehicle theft in Lakeland

- Two 16-year-olds are accused of stealing a pickup truck in Lakeland last weekend, which may not be surprising to some, but the way they were caught is unusual.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says one of the boy's mothers turned them in.

The truck was stolen from Long Leaf Circle. The victim says the truck was her father's and in the bed was his fishing rods - items she and her brother hold dear. 

Unfortunately, the truck is still missing and the victim says she hopes it can be found.

The suspected teenaged thieves did provide some clues to deputies after the mother of one of the boys called the sheriff's office. She said she suspected her son was involved in the theft.

When asked, the woman's son told a deputy that he and his friend were taking drugs the previous night and happened upon the truck.

"High on drugs, low on good decision-making skills," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post about the incident.

The teen told the deputy they stole the truck but eventually gave it to "a random crackhead,” the sheriff's office said.

When deputies confronted the second teen about the truck theft, they say he initially denied it. But he allowed deputies to search his phone, which revealed a different side of the story.

On the phone, deputies say they found a picture of the teen standing in front of a pickup truck, just like the one that was stolen. There was also a video showing both teens inside the pickup truck. One of them could be heard discussing the theft, deputies say.

The teen whose mother turned him in was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and burglary of a conveyance. The second teen faces the same charges, plus resisting, and tampering with a witness because he allegedly threatened his friend in an attempt to keep him quiet about the theft.

Deputies say they are still trying to locate the truck and "random crackhead."

The truck is a white Dodge Ram with black rims. 

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