Teen arrested on felony charges for fourth time in a year

An Okeechobee teen was arrested after a homeowner allegedly caught him and an accomplice in his garage and detained them until Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived. Sgt. Donald Ellis responded to the homeowner’s 911 call and found the homeowner standing in front of the garage while two other males sat on the ground in front of him. The homeowner said when he returned home after being gone for a short time, he noticed someone inside his garage. The door of the garage appeared to be damaged, he said, and was only opened about halfway. He explained the lights from his car illuminated someone walking around inside the garage. He got out of his jeep and confronted the suspect, and that was when he realized there was a second person in there as well, he said. He called 911 and had the two suspects wait until help arrived.

Kevin Schick

The two suspects were identified as 20-year-old Kevin Lee Schick, Northwest 87th Court, and 16-year-old Jacob Curtis Lawrence, Northeast Fourth Lane. Lawrence was dressed all in black and carried a hat and a small flashlight, according to Sgt. Ellis’ report.

Both Lawrence and Schick were arrested and charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure. Bond was set at $5,000 for Schick, but because Lawrence is a juvenile, he was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fort Pierce.

Jacob Lawrence

This is not Lawrence’s first brush with the law. He was arrested last May when he was 15 years old and charged with grand theft auto. In August 2018, he was arrested again and charged with unarmed burglary of a conveyance and, in September 2018, he was arrested and charged with burglary of a structure, grand theft of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief.

Schick has no felony arrests on his record.

Cathy Womble is a staff writer for the Lake Okeechobee News.

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