Three teens accused of burglarizing houseboat

Published online: Aug 24, 2010 News Clay Today staff

ORANGE PARK - Three Orange Park teenagers face a felony charge accusing them of breaking into a houseboat docked in the 2400 block of Cypress Springs Road.

The teens --  two boys and a girl -- are also accused of stealing a canoe from the Cypress Springs Association on Saturday, Aug. 21, the day before they allegedly used it to reach the house boat on Doctor's Lake, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

A neighbor contacted the owner, Michael Haskins, after seeing a canoe tied up to the houseboat and the vessel's door open about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22.  After learning Haskins hadn't given anyone permission to be on the boat, he went back and saw two males and a female get into the canoe and leave the houseboat. He then contacted the Sheriff's Office, the report says.

Sheriff's deputies later stopped the teens, who matched the neighbor's description of the suspects, as they walked along the railroad tracks near Moody Avenue and took them into custody, the report says.

Jonathan Dillon Lankford, 16, Megan Elizabeth Vianosky, 15, and Marxus George Jones, 14, each face a charge of burglary to an unoccupied dwelling. They are being held at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Jacksonville, the report says.