Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

Issued by the Media Relations Office, Public Information Officer Deputy Becky Herrin


July 31, 2002 -  Second edition

Big Pine Key man charged with heroin, marijuana possession

Big Pine Key – Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Big Pine Key man for possessing heroin and marijuana Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division served an outstanding arrest warrant for sale of marijuana on 61 year old William Grogan at his home on Gordon Road on Big Pine Key at 5:30 p.m. While they were at the residence, they looked into a rear window and saw, in plain view, another man chopping up a white powdery substance on a table.

They asked Grogan for permission to search the house. Inside, they found 3 grams of heroin packaged as if for sale. They also found 140 grams of marijuana stored in a freezer. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia were also seized during the search.

Grogan, who said the drugs in the house were his, was charged with possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. The other man was not arrested.

 

July 31, 2002

Traffic stop leads to Heroin arrest

Marathon – A traffic stop Tuesday afternoon led to the arrest of two Marathon men for possession of Heroin.

Detectives had information that 35 year old Lawrence Ament might be in possession of Heroin. When detectives spotted his 1987 Dodge Aries traveling across the Seven Mile bridge at 12:15 p.m. with a tail light out, deputies in Marathon were called to pull him over.

A K-9 team from Border Patrol was called to the scene. The car was searched, along with Ament and his passenger, 44 year old Mark Stehly. Thirty packets of heroin were found in an envelope in the rear seat of the car. Five more packets were found in the car, along with two syringes and a small amount of marijuana. 25 more packets of the drug were found in Stehly’s shirt pocket, for a total seizure of 60 packets of heroin weighing 5.5 grams.

Ament and Stehly were both charged with possession of heroin. Ament was further charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Both men were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. The car was seized for possible forfeiture. 

Islamorada man charged with vehicle theft, fleeing from deputies

Islamorada – An Islamorada man fled from deputies on foot after they discovered he was driving a car stolen from Florida City.

Deputy Adam Rabinowitz  spotted a suspicious car parked in a residential area on Carrol Street in Islamorada. He approached the car and ran a check on the license tag. It turned out to have been reported stolen from Florida City earlier in the day.

Deputy Rabinowitz remembered seeing the car, parked at a convenience store earlier. He also remembered a man getting out of the car. As the deputy was checking on the car’s license tag, the same man, later identified as 44 year  old Freddy Cruz, walked past him down the road.

Deputy Rabinowitz stopped Cruz and attempted to arrest him for possessing the stolen auto. Cruz broke away from the deputy and fled the area on foot. Back-up officers arrived and Cruz was finally apprehended after he jumped into a canal on Madeira Street and attempted to swim away.

Further computer checks on Cruz revealed that he has several aliases. Under one of those names, Alfredo Martinez, he is wanted on an outstanding warrant from Monroe County for failure to appear in court; under the other name, Alfredo Cruz, he is wanted for failure to appear in court in Palm Beach County. Cruz was booked into jail on charges of grand theft auto and two counts of resisting arrest, as well as the outstanding warrants.

 Man reports 300 pound dog stolen

Key Largo – A Key Largo man reported a 300 pound dog made out of gray colored stone (made you look, didn’t I?) stolen from his front lawn overnight.

The victim said the dog, posed in a sitting position, was taken from his front yard on Ponce de Leon Boulevard sometime between 6 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The dog is valued at approximately $500.00.

Anyone who sees the dog should contact Animal Control (just kidding!) I mean the Sheriff’s Office.

 

July 30, 2002

Detectives investigating theft of dive gear, fishing equipment

Monroe County – Sheriff’s detectives are investigating numerous theft cases of dive equipment and fishing rods and reels reported between Friday and today.

Eleven of the fifteen cases being investigated took place in the Marathon area. Of those eleven, four were reported on Duck Key and three in the vicinity of Aviation Boulevard. Other thefts took place at the Hampton Inn in Marathon, the Marathon Key Beach Club and Marie’s Yacht Harbor Club and Marina in Marathon, along with the Tropic Air Resort on Lower Matecumbe Key, on Iroquois Street in Plantation Key, on West Shore Drive, Summerland Key and on Lower Matecumbe Road in Key Largo

According to Detective Sgt. Mike Langston, the crimes were committed when an opportunity presented itself. Suspects primarily took dive and fishing gear left out in the open, easily accessible. Many of the items were taken from boats, or from the front porches of houses. In two of the theft cases near Aviation Boulevard, the lower units from the boat’s motors were taken as well.

Det. Sgt. Langston says he believes the thefts were committed by more than one suspect or group of suspects. “I don’t think there is just one group committing all these crimes,” he said. “The crimes happened in too many different places.” Instead, he thinks there might be one or two people or groups doing the majority of the crimes, with just a few of them being spur of the moment type thefts. Detectives want the public to be on the lookout for people selling second hand dive equipment, or fishing rods and reels.

Anyone who has information about these crimes should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately. Callers who wish to remain anonymous, or who wish to collect a cash reward can contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

Teen arrested for burglary, battery

Marathon – A Marathon teen was arrested after he broke into a woman’s apartment in the middle of the night and was caught hiding at the foot of her bed.

The victim told deputies she woke up at 1:30 a.m., turned on the light to go to the bathroom and saw her neighbor, 18 year old Stepherson Foster, hiding at the foot of her bed. She began hitting him with a phone and a set of keys, and dragged him out of the bedroom, throwing him onto the couch. She continued hitting him until he shoved her and ran out the back door, climbing over the balcony. The victim’s young daughter was also in the apartment at the time of the break in.

When deputies arrived, they found Foster at his apartment. He admitted to breaking in to the apartment. He was placed him under arrest. He was charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, battery and criminal mischief and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

 

July 29, 2002

Boys charged with burglary, grand theft

Islamorada – Two Orlando teens were arrested in the early morning hours today after they stole a golf cart from a home on Nautilis Drive in Islamorada.

Dispatchers received a call from a resident who lives on Nautilis Drive. She said she heard a noise outside her house just before 3 a.m. She said her sister looked out the window and saw a young male walking into the yard.

When deputies arrived in the area, they found two young men riding down the street on a golf cart with no headlights. They stopped the cart, and questioned the teens. The boys admitted to drinking alcohol. They also admitted to stealing the golf cart from under the porch of a home on Nautilis Drive.

16 year old Tyler O’Bryan and 17 year old John Merriman told Deputy Mike White they are on vacation, staying with Merriman’s sister. They said they got bored and were out looking for something to do. They said that’s why they stole the golf cart.

Both boys were arrested, charged with burglary and grand theft. O’Bryan was also charged with driving the golf cart without a driver’s license, and operating a golf cart on a roadway without it being registered for such operation. They were booked at the Monroe County Detention Center, then turned over to the custody of Merriman’s sister.

Man charged with drugs after Crime Stoppers tip

Marathon – A Marathon man was arrested for possessing cocaine after detectives followed up a Crime Stoppers tip Thursday night.

Detectives approached 56 year old Edward Sjolin. They told him they’d received a tip that he was dealing in illegal drugs. They asked him if he had any weapons in his pockets and he said he had two knives in his shorts pockets. Detectives asked him if they could retrieve the knives for officer safety reasons. Sjolin agreed.

Detectives retrieved the knives, along with a bundle of cash. Inside the bundle of cash was a small plastic bag with cocaine inside. Sjolin was arrested, charged with possessing cocaine and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

 

July 26, 2002 – Second edition

Attempted robbery, upper Keys restaurant

Key Largo – Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an attempted robbery which took place Thursday morning at an upper Keys restaurant.

An employee of the Waffle House restaurant in Key Largo said a man and a woman entered at approximately 8 a.m. They sat in a back booth and the man ordered breakfast. They sat in the booth for about an hour. The man then approached the cash register and told the employee he had no money to pay for breakfast. He then said, “I have a gun, give me your money.” He pulled his shirt open and showed her a gun.

Another employee who heard the threat picked up the phone and called the Sheriff’s Office. The suspect and the woman with him then walked out of the restaurant and got into their car, described as a silver colored Oldsmobile, and they drove southbound.

The male suspect is described as five feet nine inches tall, 250 pounds with short brown hair. He was wearing a black baseball hat, black pants and a black silk shirt with a spider on the left shoulder. The woman with him was approximately five feet four inches tall, 110 pounds with shoulder length brown hair. She was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans. The couple was driving a silver colored, older model Oldsmobile. The car had a Chicago Bears tag on the front and a Florida tag on the rear. The gun the man carried was a black colored semi-automatic pistol in a holster on his belt.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to a felony arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

 

July 26, 2002

Two arrested for drugs during traffic stop

Marathon – Two Lower Keys men were arrested early today (Friday) on drug charges after deputies in Marathon stopped the car they were traveling in for speeding.

Sgt. Doug Penley stopped the van for doing 50 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone near the 48 mile marker of Highway U.S. One. The driver, 23 year old Troy Lamont Lyons of Stock Island, had a suspended driver’s license so he was arrested. A subsequent search of the car turned up a plastic bag containing 434 grams of marijuana. Lyons was further charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana.

A passenger in the car, 22 year old Frank Perez of Rockland Key, was patted down and his shoes were checked for officer safety reasons. After the search, the deputy stepped back while Perez put his shoes back on. As Perez bent down to put on his shoes, a plastic bag fell out of his shorts. The bag contained 26 grams of cocaine. Perez was arrested and charged with possession of the drug.

Both men were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Sport Lobster days uneventful

Monroe County – Sheriff’s deputies working during the two day sport lobster season this week found the season to be relatively uneventful.

Deputies assigned to work on the water or at area boat ramps checked lobster for legal size, checked for permits and for any other safety violations. Overall, they found very few violations of any kind and made no arrests related to the sport lobster season.

In Marathon, two deputies and two reserves who were assigned to work sport lobster season exclusively did 37 vehicle or person stops on land and 40 vessel stops on the water; during those stops they checked 826 lobster, finding only 9 that were undersized. They issued four warnings and one notice to appear in court for those short lobster.

Overall, 10 people were booked into Monroe County Detention facilities over the two day period on charges related to the two day sport season; only two of the ten people arrested gave local addresses. The remaining eight were visiting from out of Monroe County.

July 24, 2002

Experimental lobster stolen – may be dangerous to consume

Layton – Six lobster were stolen from Keys Marine Laboratory overnight. The stolen lobster have been injected with a chemical which may be dangerous for human consumption.

Suspects entered the fenced yard at the laboratory in Layton sometime between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. today (Wednesday). They took a 15 hp outboard engine from the area, and took six out of eight lobster which were in two 4’ x 4’ tanks, each tank is approximately 3 feet deep with water constantly circulating through them. It is interesting to note that the limit during the two day sport lobster season is six lobster per person per day.

The lobster were part of an experiment which has been going on for two years. A researcher from Georgia was using them to study the neurophysiology of lobster – primarily their sense of smell. They had been injected with the chemical Bromodioxyuridine which employees of the laboratory said would not be fatal if consumed, but could make a human sick if eaten.

Laboratory personnel said they are primarily concerned with warning the people who stole the lobster not to eat them. They are also concerned that whoever took them might give them away to someone who is not aware of their origins. The lobster are marked with colored tags on their large antennae. Otherwise, they look, quite simply, like every other lobster that is being caught on this two day sport season.

Detectives are investigating the crime, which has been classified as a burglary because the suspect or suspects entered a fenced yard at the laboratory compound to take the lobster and the motor.

 

July 17, 2002

Marathon man receives head injuries in fight over driving

Marathon – A Marathon man was airlifted by the Sheriff’s Trauma Star helicopter to Ryder Trauma Center after he suffered severe head injuries in a fight with another man over his driving.

49 year old Mark Holding was on 65th Street at 11 p.m. picking up a woman friend, 24 year old Cynthia Potter, when the incident occurred. A man who lives in that neighborhood, 32 year old Ronald Irwin, was walking his dog. He reportedly became enraged about the way Holding was driving. He later said Holding was driving recklessly and almost hit his dog.

Irwin jumped in his truck and chased Holding’s car to the intersection of 65th Court and U.S. One. Irwin got out of his truck and began yelling at Holding. Holding then got out of his car and the argument escalated quickly to a physical fight.

As two witnesses and Potter looked on, the two men fought. Irwin had Holding on the ground, and he allegedly punched him numerous times in the face. During the course of the fight, Potter attempted to intervene and she was hit in the face several times. At one point, the witnesses said Holding stood up, Irwin knocked him to the ground and Holding’s head bounced off the pavement.

Irwin then got into his truck and began to leave. Potter jumped on the hood of his truck in an attempt to stop him, and he put on his brakes sharply, throwing her off the hood and onto the ground. He then sped away.

One of the witnesses called the Sheriff’s Office as Irwin fled. Deputies arrived on the scene and Holding was transported to Fisherman’s Hospital. Irwin returned to the scene and was placed under arrest for aggravated battery and battery.

Holding was flown to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami by the Sheriff’s Trauma Star helicopter, where he is in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

Investigations after his arrest revealed Irwin had been involved in another potentially violent situation earlier in the evening in the parking lot of K-Mart in Marathon. He was threatening a group of kids with a large stick when a man and a woman attempted to intervene. He then threatened them both verbally and with the stick. He got a knife out of his truck and threatened them with it as well. Both the stick and the knife described by the victims were found in his truck. The victims of that incident identified Irwin in a photo line up as the man who threatened them.

Irwin was additionally charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He is currently in the Monroe County Detention Center where he is being held on a $40,000 bond.

Men impersonating workers from Child Protective Services

Big Pine Key – Two men posing as employees of a “Child Protective Agency” reportedly knocked on the door of a Big Pine Key home Saturday morning.

According to reports by Deputy Manuel Cuervo, two boys, aged 11 and 8, were home alone at 10:30 a.m. when the men knocked on the door. The boys opened the door, and the two men said they were from the “Child Protective Agency”. They asked the boys if their parents were home. The boys told them their parents would be home soon, and the two men left without further incident.

The boys’ mother told Deputy Cuervo she called the Department of Children and Family Services (CFS) to see if the visit was legitimate. CFS employee Susan Vogt told her no one from her agency was sent to the Big Pine Key home, and the procedure used by the two men was not similar to legitimate procedures used by CFS employees.

The two men were described as white males, both with slicked back, dark colored hair. One was wearing sunglasses, and one was wearing regular glasses.

Deputy Cuervo said he called CFS to confirm the story. Vogt told him she is concerned about this incident because of similar documented incidents which have occurred in the Miami area. Anyone who knows anything about this should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

Children who are home alone should never open the door to someone they don’t know, no matter who the person says they are. If a stranger knocks on the door and won’t leave, or tries to force his/her way in the house, a child should call 911 immediately. A deputy will be sent to the residence immediately to assist.

 

July 15th, 2002

Man shoots himself for pain medication

Marathon – A Middle Keys man shot himself while parked in his car outside of Fisherman’s Hospital in Marathon Friday afternoon. He then walked into the Emergency Room, asking for pain medication.

Detectives believe the man is addicted to Oxycontin, a strong pain killer which is highly addictive.

According to witnesses, the man walked into the lobby of the hospital holding his stomach. He then collapsed onto the floor, face down. A nurse who attended him said he told her “I’ve been shot.” She said he had a single gun shot wound to his lower left abdomen.

The man was, at first, uncooperative, refusing to give his name unless he received medication. He later gave hospital personnel a false name, saying that he had shot himself with a 9mm handgun.

He was airlifted by the Sheriff’s Trauma Star helicopter to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. According to Detectives, as of Saturday he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Four more boat motors stolen in the upper Keys

Key Largo – Four more boat motors were reported stolen off of upper Keys boats last Thursday.

The boats were all in a storage lot at the Mariner’s Club, located near the 97 mile marker of the highway in Key Largo. Suspects removed a lock and chain on a back fence to gain entry to the storage lot.

Two 200 HP Mercury Optimax outboard engines, two 225 HP Mercury Optimax outboard engines and the lower units from two Mercruiser Bravo I engines were all taken sometime between Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m.

The thefts may be connected to a series of boat motor thefts which have taken place in various areas of the upper Keys over the past few months.

Anyone with information about these crimes should report that information to the Sheriff’s Office immediately by calling 305-853-3211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. IF a tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a substantial cash reward. The Crime Stoppers Hot Line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

Man charged with fleeing from deputies, driving drunk

Marathon – Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Marathon man Saturday in the early morning hours after he refused to stop, drove dangerously at a high rate of speed, then crashed into a concrete wall at a Marathon trailer park.

29 year old William Herrera was spotted driving his F150 Pickup truck erratically just south of the Seven Mile Bridge at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, by a Border Patrol Agent. The agent advised Sheriff’s dispatchers he was attempting to stop the car before it could get on to the bridge, in an effort to prevent a serious accident from occurring. Herrara refused to stop for the agent and, in fact, sped up, weaving from side to side and passing vehicles on the bridge.

Deputy Greg Korzen responded to the vicinity of the bridge and also attempted to stop Herrara using his lights and siren. Herrara continued with his dangerous driving until he reached the Trailerama Trailer Park, at 15th Street in Marathon. At the trailer park, he attempted to make a right turn onto Avenue A of the park. He lost control, hitting a concrete wall.

Herrara and a passenger in his truck were both uninjured in the crash. Herrara immediately exited the truck and tried to walk away. He was taken into custody by Deputy Korzen. Herrara was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with his license suspended, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers, having two open Budweiser beer containers in his vehicle. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

July 11, 2002

Cash found off shore

Monroe County – A young couple, boating off of the middle Keys Saturday, found a large quantity of cash in the water.

The couple, from Vero Beach, Florida, found over $80,000 cash and turned it in to the United States Customs Service. Customs agents handed it over to the Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.

According to the Director of the Sheriff’s Office property division, the cash will be held for 90 days. If no one claims it and is able to specifically identify it as theirs, the couple who found it would be eligible to claim ownership themselves.

 

July 8, 2002

Fourth of July relatively uneventful

Monroe County – The Fourth of July was a relatively uneventful one, although deputies did spend considerable time responding to complaints about fireworks being set off in residential areas.

According to Sheriff’s Office records, there were no vehicle accidents which involved serious injuries, and no medical calls related to fireworks over the holiday weekend. Deputies responded to a total of 77 calls from people upset about fireworks being set off. Forty nine of those calls occurred between 8:30 p.m. and midnight on the fourth of July. No one was arrested for possessing illegal fireworks, or for committing any type of crime involving them.

The Islamorada Sheriff’s substation reported no significant incidents off shore at the sandbar, a popular daytime hangout for boaters on holiday weekends. Deputies patrolled the area July 5th, 6th and 7th on the Sheriff’s Office boat, and on two wave runners. They reported no trouble, no arrests and no significant incidents during their patrols.

Three Miami residents charged with ecstasy, marijuana possession

Islamorada – Three Miami residents were arrested Sunday evening and charged with possessing ecstasy pills and marijuana after they were involved in a hit and run accident in the parking lot of an Islamorada business.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a hit and run accident in the parking lot of the Trading Post in Islamorada at 6:30 p.m. Witnesses said a Silver colored Mercedes SUV was involved, and left the scene northbound on the highway.

Deputy Adam Rabinowitz spotted the vehicle and pulled it over near the 82 mile marker. When he approached the driver’s window, he smelled the aroma of marijuana. He looked inside and saw what looked like an ecstasy pill on the floorboard, and marijuana scattered throughout the car.

The three people in the car were arrested. 31 year old Ronel Blanco, ***information redacted**** and 15 year old Claudia Fernandez were all charged with possession of 33 ecstasy pills and a small amount of marijuana. ***information redacted**** and Blanco were also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Also found in the vehicle was almost $2,400.00 in cash and a stun gun. The cash was seized for possible forfeiture. The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the circumstances of the accident.

Two people arrested for Home Invasion Robbery

Stock Island – Two Stock Island residents were arrested Thursday and charged with Home Invasion Robbery.

The victim, who lives on MacDonald Avenue, Stock Island, told Deputy Andrew Kempel the two attacked him at his home Thursday in the early morning hours. He said the suspects forced their way into his home, hit him with a wooden stick, and stole some pills from his pocket. He said he had money in his other pocket, but the suspects were unable to get it from him.

Detectives John McGee and Donnie Catala questioned the victim and he was able to identify his attackers. 29 year old Deanna Lynn Dean and 21 year old Glen Procher were both arrested Thursday. They were charged with Home Invasion Robbery and theft and they were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

July 3, 2002

Boat burglar arrested in Islamorada

Islamorada – A man from Port Richey, Florida was arrested in the early morning hours today (Wednesday) and charged with burglarizing two boats which were parked in a fenced in boat yard in Islamorada.

The burglaries took place Monday from two boats parked at the Islamorada Boat Center. The owner of that business spotted some of the stolen items Tuesday night in a boat parked next to his business, at the Blue Fin Motel. He called the Sheriff’s Office to report it.

When Deputy James Freed arrived at the scene, he found the owner of the boat staying at the motel. He began questioning 27 year old Michael Miller about the boat burglaries, and about the stolen items found on his girlfriend’s boat. During the questioning, the deputy asked for permission to search the room Miller was staying in. Miller gave consent. Under the bed, he found several items of electronic equipment also reported stolen. At that point, Miller bolted out the door of the hotel room, fleeing through the parking lot in bare feet.

Additional deputies arrived on the scene, and a perimeter was set up to prevent Miller from escaping the immediate area. A K-9 team was called to the scene, and the Sheriff’s Office Knight Star helicopter was used to search as well.

Miler was located at 12:30 p.m., and he surrendered without further incident. He was charged with two counts of burglary to boats and one count of burglary to a business. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. All the stolen property was returned to the owners.

Two men charged with drug possession after search warrant

Stock Island – Two Stock Island men were arrested for drug possession after detectives served a search warrant at a trailer on 7th Avenue Tuesday evening.

Detectives began investigating possible drug traffic at A19 7th Avenue after receiving Crime Stoppers tips and complaints from neighbors about the residence. According to one detective, surveillance revealed a large amount of traffic driving by and stopping at the trailer, with cars lining up at the residence at times.

Purchases of drugs were made by undercover operatives, and a search warrant was obtained for the trailer. During the search, detectives found 44 crack cocaine rocks on a shelf inside. 66 year old Jose Guiterrez was arrested and charged with possession of the crack rocks.

When detectives showed up at the residence, another man was there as well. 28 year old Reynaldo Cuello-Tito ran inside the trailer to the bathroom with detectives in pursuit. They found him attempting to flush crack cocaine down the toilet. He was also arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, and with tampering with evidence.

Both men were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. Assisting with serving the warrant were officers with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Two men charged with stealing fireworks

Key Largo – Two employees of Phantom Fireworks in Key Largo were arrested after they were caught stealing cases of fireworks from their employer.

Two other employees reported seeing the two men put two cases of fireworks in the back of a truck parked in the parking lot. They reported it to the manager and she called the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Sever Hustad responded to investigate. He recovered the cases of fireworks, valued at $490.00, from the truck and arrested the two men. 20 year old Gustavo Montelongo of Florida City and 20 year old Guadalupe Coronado Jr. of Homestead were both charged with Grand Theft. They were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Woman charged with drug possession after traffic stop

Marathon – A Miami woman was arrested for drug possession after a routine traffic stop in Marathon in the early morning hours today (Wednesday).

Deputy Ernie Patton pulled the car over near the 48 mile marker of Highway U.S. One. When he checked the driver’s license, he found it to be suspended so he arrested 23 year old Anitra Cameron of Miami for driving with a suspended license. An inventory check of her car was done by Deputy Jeremy Davy prior to it being towed. Inside the car, he found a large quantity of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

Cameron was charged with Driving with License Suspended, and was further charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, and with possession of marijuana. She was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

July 2, 2002

Sheriff’s Office helps catch migrant smugglers

Big Pine Key – Sheriff’s deputies and the Sheriff’s Knight Star helicopter assisted in the apprehension of two migrant smugglers Monday evening.

The United States Coast Guard was in pursuit of a go-fast boat on the Atlantic side of Big Pine Key when they called for assistance. The reportedly lost sight of the boat, but Sheriff’s deputies and Border Patrol agents on land, along with the Sheriff’s Knight Star helicopter spotted it as the two smugglers ran it aground near Long Beach Road on Big Pine Key.

With the assistance of the helicopter along with Big Pine Fire Chief Dave Allen and his bloodhound, the two men were apprehended as they hid in a mangrove area just off of Long Beach Road. They were turned over to the custody of Border Patrol.

The smuggler’s had dropped approximately 15 Cuban migrants on a small island just off of the Bahia Honda bridge before running the boat aground. The migrants were also taken into custody by Border Patrol.

 

July 1, 2002

Armed Robbery in Key Largo

Key Largo – Detectives in Key Largo are investigating an armed robbery which took place Saturday morning at an upper Key shopping center.

An employee of World Watersports told Deputy Don Dalton he was walking on the sidewalk, carrying a bag with cash inside when the incident occurred just after 8 a.m. A man dressed all in black with his face covered put a gun against his head and demanded that he give him the bag. The employee handed over the bag and the robber fled on foot.

The victim ran to a nearby Laundromat and asked someone to call the Sheriff’s Office.

The robber is described as a male, unknown race, approximately 5 foot 10 to six feet tall.

Teens charged with vessel theft

Key Largo – Two teenage boys were arrested and charged with stealing a vessel from the Anchorage Resort on Saturday in the early morning hours.

The boys admitted to untying the 20 foot boat from the dock and starting it using keys left in the ignition. They said after they began driving the boat away from the resort, they saw people watching them from the dock and got scared. They took it across the way to Gilbert’s Marina and left it there, walking back to the Anchorage Resort.

In addition to taking the vessel, they also untied lines from several other boats, but didn’t take them because they couldn’t find keys for them. They were visiting the resort with friends. Deputies spotted them on the resort property. Two fishermen who saw them loitering near the stolen boat identified them.

17 year old Nathan Harden of Miami Springs and 17 year old Robert Lee of Hialeah were both arrested, charged with grand theft and burglary and they were booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.