|Re: Oak Park Subdivision Burglaries- 4 arrests made|
|Monday, 20 September 2010 08:00|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Reference: Oak Park Subdivision Burglaries- 4 arrests made
On the weekend of September 4th and 5th, residents of the Oak Park subdivision in southwest Okeechobee County suffered 12 burglaries of automobiles. Missing from the vehicles were various items to include; money, purses, GPS units, and other digital items. The one common denominator on all the burglaries was that the owners parked their vehicles unlocked overnight.
Following the burglaries, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, with the cooperation of the Okeechobee News, had an article published asking residents to protect their valuables by securing their valuables and locking their vehicle doors.
On the weekend of September 11th and 12th, the residents of the Oak Park subdivision suffered 5 more burglaries of automobiles. Again, each victim left valuables in the car, and the cars were left unlocked overnight.
Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office Detective Augustine Saucedo, with the assistance of the entire Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, conducted an investigation that lead to several juvenile suspects. As a result of this investigation, Detective Saucedo arrested the following juvenile suspects:
During the investigation, it came out that these juveniles considered it a game to “Pop” (read burglarize) unlocked vehicles and steal valuable items from them.
The investigation is still ongoing and further suspects and charges may develop. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has recovered items believed to have been stolen that have not been reported by the victims. We asked that anyone suffering a burglary report the incident as soon as possible.
Sheriff Paul C. May said of the arrests, “These arrests are a result of two things; one, is citizen cooperation and two, good old fashioned police work. I understand that Mr. King has previously been arrested for this same thing and has failed to learn. I hope that the Office of State Attorney looks very hard at this and gets these criminal’s attention.” Sheriff May also said, “Citizens of Okeechobee, please lock your cars!”