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4th Florida Turnpike car theft suspect arrested, deputies say

Suspect stole clothes, bike from homeless camp, reports show

Tyree Dixon, 18, was arrested after fleeing deputies on the Florida Turnpike, deputies say.
Tyree Dixon, 18, was arrested after fleeing deputies on the Florida Turnpike, deputies say. (Osceola County Jail)

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A car theft suspect whose run from deputies shut down the Florida Turnpike Monday stole clothing and a bicycle from a homeless camp while fleeing arrest, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Gateway High School in Kissimmee was locked down Monday and part of the Florida Turnpike was blocked off while law enforcement searched for a fourth suspect in a stolen vehicle case.

Deputies detained three people Monday around 4:30 p.m. on the turnpike but were still searching for a fourth person.

Tyree Dixon, 18, of Orlando, was arrested Monday night after he was found on East Irlo Bronson Highway.

Deputies said they found Dixon’s clothes at a nearby homeless camp on Simpson Road. A resident of the homeless camp said Dixon went into his tent and took clothing and stole his bicycle. The items were later returned to the man, deputies said.

The homeless camp resident said he wished to press charges for the thefts. Osceola County Jail records show he was charged with burglary and petit theft among other charges for the stolen vehicle.

Dixon has never had a driver’s license and is the suspected driver of the stolen vehicle stopped on the turnpike, according to the report.

Dixon's charges include feeling to elude, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and grand theft. He was ordered held without bond in the Osceola County Jail.


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