Teen Fails In Attempt To Steal Blake Bortles' Truck

A Jacksonville high school student, 18-year-old Joseph Horton, was arrested Wednesday night after he was caught allegedly attempting to steal Bortles' auto from the driveway before entering the house uninvited, Jacksonville News 4 reported Thursday.

A Jacksonville man tried to speed off with a Jacksonville Jaguars players 2017 Ford F-150, Action News Jax reported. Something pinged Bortles as suspicious about the young man, who certainly didn't appear to be one of the invited guests.

According to the report, Reed said he was walking up the driveway to Linder's house when he saw someone in Bortles's truck, but he did not think much of it and continued to the party. Bortles wallet, which was taken out of his truck, was later found outside of the home. However, once the teen realized he would not be able to drive around other parked vehicles, he got out, looked around and went into the house. Surveillance video from Linder's home showed someone getting inside Bortles' truck and removing the quarterback's wallet that was later found in the driveway. Bortles and two friends were holding Horton upstairs when officers arrived.

Horton foolishly made a decision to go back inside the house, which gave the Jags players the opportunity to stop him until the police arrived.

Horton was arrested and charged with burglary, trespassing, and grand theft, the station said, adding that he's since been released on bond.

A few minutes later, Linder asked him who he was, the report said.

Neighbors confirmed that he lived there with his parents.

Vanessa Coleman

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