One Arrested, Another Sought in ATV Theft
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St. Lucie County Sheriff's investigators have arrested a 16-year-old Port St. Lucie girl and are seeking an 18-year-old male in connection with the theft of an all-terrain vehicle from the MudJam festival west of Fort Pierce in June.
"We arrested Brianna Cento, 16, of Port St. Lucie, for dealing in stolen property after she tried to return the stolen ATV for the $1,000 reward offered by the owner, Kevin Booth," Sheriff Mascara said. "We are looking for Michael Mannino, 18, who stole the ATV at MudJam on June 21."
According to police, detectives arrested Cento June 24 at Love's Truck Stop at Orange Avenue and Kings Highway, Fort Pierce. Deputies recovered the ATV, a 2007 Yamaha Big Bear, from a truck driven by a friend of Cento's who didn't know the ATV was stolen.
Booth told detectives he was riding his ATV in the mud pit area of MudJam around 2 a.m. on June 21, when he got off the ATV to go help a friend. When he returned, the four-wheeler was missing.
On his Facebook page, Booth offered a $1,000 reward for the ATV's return. Cento contacted him, saying she knew where the ATV was. Through text messages, Booth arranged for the return of the ATV at Love's Truck Stop on June 21 and notified deputies who were waiting there when she arrived with the ATV in the pickup truck of a friend.
Detectives took Cento into custody. She later told them the details of the scheme and was taken to the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Fort Pierce, a facility operated by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Sheriff Mascara asked anyone with information on Mannino's whereabouts to call 9-1-1 in St. Lucie County or Sheriff's auto theft detectives at 772-462-3213. The Sheriff said if anyone wants to give information anonymously and be eligible for a cash rewards if the tip leads to arrest, he or she can call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477) or visit the Crime Stoppers website tcwatch.org.