Blake Bortles catches teen allegedly trying to steal his truck & wallet at house party


The Jacksonville Jaguars are known as “Sacksonville” due to their dominant defense. But it was the Jaguars’ quarterback who recently made the biggest stop, as he helped prevent a theft at a party.

Bortles was at a house party on Wednesday night when an 18-year-old high school student allegedly entered his new Ford F-150, which was left unlocked in a driveway with the keys inside, according to WJXT.

The student, Joseph Horton, allegedly got in and started rummaging through the interior.

Surveillance video from the home showed Horton removing Bortles’ wallet, which was later found on the ground. Witnesses said Horton then tried to drive off with the truck, but he was boxed in by other vehicles and could not get away.

Then, he apparently decided to go inside the home where the party was taking place, though neither the homeowner nor the guests recognized him.

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Soon, police were called, and until they got there, Bortles and two friends detained Horton.

Eventually, when police arrived, Horton told them he had been looking for an ex-girlfriend. However, none of the party’s attendees knew who he was talking about.

Horton was ultimately arrested for burglary, trespassing and grand theft.

It turns out that Horton actually lives with his parents in a multi-million dollar house that’s just a few blocks away from the where the party was. His family homes was also the scene of another incident last September, when both Horton and his father were arrested for hosting a party in which minors were allegedly consuming alcohol and drugs.

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Bortles’ role in stopping the suspect elicited a response from the Twitter account “Blake Bortles Facts,” which put things in perspective while also taking a dig at the Cincinnati Bengals.

Others, though, couldn’t help but ridicule Bortles.

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Jaguars fans may not believe in Bortles just yet, but the organization that drafted him does. In February, the Jaguars signed him to a three-year, $54 million contract extension that includes $26.5 million in guaranteed money.

The quarterback underwent right wrist surgery after the season, but expects to be ready for organized team activities, which start on May 22.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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