Miami-Dade County

Teen boys charged with police car joyride that ended in a canal

Dylan Castro and Christian Carvajal
Dylan Castro and Christian Carvajal

Miami-Dade police arrested two teen boys in connection with the theft (and submersion) of an unmarked police car last week.

The cop car was stolen from the driveway of the officer’s home Thursday night and found Saturday a mere 13 blocks away — dunked in a canal. The officer’s two personal cars were also broken into.

Fingerprints found on one of the private cars led police to 15-year-old Dylan Castro and Christian Carvajal, who police said was trying to sell a Glock.

The boys were arrested Wednesday and charged with grand theft auto. Carvajal, 19, was also hit with charges of burglarizing a car, stealing a cop’s gun and littering.

“Weapons recovered,” Miami-Dade police tweeted. Detectives recovered a computer, a Smith and Wesson .223-caliber AR-15 rifle, a Glock 9mm firearm inscribed with ‘Miami-Dade Police Department,’ a ballistic helmet, a Taser and a Miami-Dade Police Department badge.

Carvajal is in jail on a $20,00 bond.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc