Find My iPhone app helps track teens in Volusia crime spree, deputies say

Teens accused of stealing Corvette, guns

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy accused of burglarizing homes and stealing vehicles during a crime spree in Volusia County were tracked to a Daytona Beach Shores hotel thanks in part to the Find My iPhone app, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the crime spree started Wednesday night when Kelly Shaw, 19, and a 14-year-old boy broke into four vehicles on Cardinal Boulevard in Port Orange and stole a stun gun, a revolver and a key to a van.

The teenagers then broke into a home where the resident was asleep inside, according to the report.When the homeowner's woke up around 5 a.m. Thursday, he noticed his residence had been disturbed and he checked his surveillance system. 

The video showed Shaw and the boy entered the home through a backdoor at 11:44 p.m., both were wearing dark clothing and had shirts tied around their heads in an attempt to cover their faces.

The teen had a gun drawn as he snuck through the halls of the home, deputies said.

"You've got a 14-year-old entering a house -- that's the way we enter a house when we serve a search warrant," Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. "Weapon out, clearing the rooms ... He knew somebody was in that home. And God forbid if the guy woke up ... Somebody's getting shot. I have no doubt in my mind, somebody's getting shot."

Deputies said the suspects went into the bedroom where the resident was sleeping and stole a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, a Polo wristwatch and an Invicta wristwatch without waking up the man.

They are also accused of stealing the man's wallet, his debit cards, $2,000 in cash, a flashlight, an iPad Mini and the keys to his 2006 convertible Chevrolet Corvette and his Chevrolet Silverado, which they then stole.

Upon realizing the iPad Mini had been stolen, the victim used the Find My iPhone app, which tracked the device to 3221 S. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach Shores. Deputies arrived at the hotel and spotted the stolen Corvette.

A Hyundai pulled up next to the Corvette as law enforcement officers were conducting surveillance then five people got out of the vehicle and went into a hotel room, the report said. The Hyundai had been reported stolen out of Daytona Beach, according to the affidavit.

The five people were taken for questioning once them came out of the hotel room. Three juveniles who were not involved in the crimes were released to their parents' custody without being charged.

Shaw was charged with armed burglary of an occupied dwelling, three counts of grand theft auto, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 14-year-old boy was charged with one count of grand theft auto, possession of a firearm by a minor and carrying a concealed firearm.

Deputies said the duo could face more charges as the investigation into the crime spree continued.

Shaw made his first court appearance Friday at the Volusia County Jail. A judge denied bond to the convicted felon. Authorities said the boy has been arrested before as well.

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