Off-duty firefighter’s stolen pickup stolen found

The Ford F-250 stolen from a Jacksonville firefighter Friday morning after he jumped out of the pickup to help someone involved in a crash was recovered early Saturday morning, a fellow firefighter told News4Jax.

Mitchell Johnson, who had just left his shift at a fire station a couple of blocks away, noticed the accident near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“I saw it, stopped my truck, got out and went and checked on the driver of the vehicle,” Johnson said. “One of them was possibly critical, so they received my complete attention.”

While he was tending to the victims, he said that two teenage boys jumped into his truck and sped off.

WATCH: Dashcam video shows theft, Johnson giving chase

“I immediately just took off after and they backed down a side street,” Johnson said. “I jumped in front of the truck and I was trying to get them to stop. They tried to run me over. I managed to get in front of the truck. I tried to grab my tailgate to get in the back of the truck and the truck. It’s a diesel Ford F-250. When you put your foot down on it, it takes off.”

The two teenagers got away with not only the truck, but all of Johnson’s belongings, including his work uniforms, his wallet with his ID inside and his babies’ car seats.

Johnson said he was doing the right thing and he doesn’t understand why someone would target him. He said what happened really hurt his feelings.

“It’s unbelievable that the people who dedicate their lives and put the job before their families to help others, to serve others … when, one day, God forbid, you may need our help and we come to help you,” Johnson said. “It’s just unbelievable.”

The tan F-250 with a red firefighter’s place in the front and firefighter and U.S. Marine Corps stickers in the windows was recovered on Wendell Drive, about 12 miles from where it was stolen.

Mitchell said he was able to get a good look at the two thieves because they walked over to ask what was going on before they hopped into the truck and took off and there were other witnesses and dashcam video of the theft.

There was no word on if police have identified any suspects.

Keystone Heights woman struck, killed on Clay County highway

A 36-year-old woman walking on State Road 21, north of Keystone Heights, at 4 a.m. Saturday was struck and killed, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a car driving north on S.R. 21 near County Road 315C struck Michele Lugin, of Keystone Heights. According to the FHP, she died at the scene. The driver of the car and his passenger were not injured and stopped and cooperated with the investigation.

According to the FHP report, troopers don’t know why Lugin was walking in the road in the middle of the night. The report said charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

At least 15 cars burglarized overnight in Fleming Island

Deputies have three people in custody and are still searching for a fourth after a string of overnight car burglaries in the Clay County neighborhood of Eagle Harbor.

At least one person being questioned is under 18. The Sheriff’s Office said arrests are anticipated.

Deputies said they responded to the area at around 3 a.m. and found 15 vehicles burglarized. A K-9 unit and several detectives responded and recovered some of the stolen property.

The Sheriff’s Office is warning people to lock their car doors and remove valuables to prevent break-ins.

Deputies applauded the residents for being watchful and helping law enforcement with a quick response.

The Sheriff’s Office said the suspected car burglars could be connected to other recent crimes happening across the county.

Deputies took time Saturday morning to meet with people in the Oakleaf community during a neighborhood walk, listening to concerns and building relationships with neighbors.

News4Jax spoke with Sheriff Darryl Daniels about why he continues working to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. It’s something he’s been working to do since he became sheriff last year.

“It’s all about us connecting with the true owners of the Sheriff’s Office and that is the citizens of Clay County,” Daniels said.

Clay County resident Kay Smith brought her kids out to meet with the deputies and participate in the walk. She said the face-to-face contact with law enforcement breaks down barriers and ultimately makes the community stronger.

“I can call somebody without calling a total stranger and I think that really helps to bring the neighborhood together and know that they have a Sheriff’s department that I can reach out to,” Smith said. “It’s been proven that when law enforcement connects with the community ,and get the type of intel that we get, that we would otherwise not get, there is actually a resultant reduction in crime.”

Feel the teal with Dick’s Wings’ new brew

A local bar is helping Jaguars fans feel the teal for the AFC Championship this weekend.

Fans can find teal beer — yes, you read that right — at Dick’s Wing’s in the Lakewood area while cheering on the Jags as they take on the New England Patriots Sunday.

Restaurant owner Ken Elmore has kegs full of the special teal beer on tap.

“Beer brewed for Sacksonville, right?” Elmore said.

Elmore said this is the first time the restaurant has done something like this, so it had to be special for the crowd expected to come in to watch the game.

“I’ll tell you it’s been packed out here for the past two Sundays and this Sunday will not be any different,” Elmore said. “You know, Dick’s Wings is the official wings of the Jaguars and so we expect a full house.”

The tasty teal beer will be served at Dick’s Wings for a limited time, so be sure to stop by a grab a pint to feel the teal.