NR 14-5 Sheriff’s Agents Arrest West Melbourne Robbery Suspect
Agents of the South Precinct General Crimes Unit have made an arrest in connection to an Armed Robbery of the Mobil Gas Station located at 4520 U.S. Highway 192 in West Melbourne.
On Thursday, January 16th at approximately 6:40 pm, deputies responded to an armed robbery where a masked suspect brandishing a firearm had entered the store, forcing several patrons into the bathroom. He then then demanded money from the clerk and fled in an older blue Chevrolet vehicle.
A short time later, the Sheriff’s Office received a call that an individual in a blue Chevrolet had pointed a weapon at a pedestrian near the intersection of Hollywood and Palm Bay Roads. The victim of that incident was able to obtain the vehicle’s license plate.
South Precinct Patrol deputies located the blue Chevrolet in a subdivision off Sarno Road. Evidence located within the car tied it to both the armed robbery and the Palm Bay incidents.
Investigators worked with Sebastian Police Department and the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, where it was determined that the vehicle was believed to have been taken by a 15 year- old runaway, two days prior to the robbery.
South Precinct General Crimes agents developed probable cause for the arrest of 15-year-old Colten M. Laverack of Sebastian.
Laverack was also wanted in Indian River County on a felony (TICO) and had been reported as a runaway by his mother.
Laverack was arrested Monday afternoon by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. He has been charged with the Armed Robbery in addition to the felony juvenile court order from Indian River County.
Laverack is currently being held at the Brevard County Detention Center.
A photograph of Laverack is attached to this news release.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office South Precinct General Crimes Unit at (321) 633-7162 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.
If you have any questions regarding this incident please contact Deputy Maria Fernez with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-636-4665.