Broward County

Teen thieves caught after video recording found in stolen vehicle

Four teens made a nearly three-minute long video showing themselves counting stolen cash, wearing stolen jewelry and sitting in a stolen car, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said.

But that camcorder with the video was left behind in the stolen car after the four got into an accident in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale police officers recovered the items and tracked 18-year-old Machel Stevens and his three juvenile partners to residential burglaries in Boca Raton and Oakland Park.

BSO deputies said the video helped them recognize the bragging burglars.


The four were arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft, among other charges.

BSO detectives believe they have committed at least 25 residential burglaries, as well as stealing and burglarizing cars.

Anyone with additional information about these or any burglars can report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).