Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

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

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August 31, 2009

Inmate dies in Miami Hospital

Stock Island - An inmate from the Stock Island detention center had a seizure in the facility's sick bay; he was airlifted to a Miami hospital where he later died.

The 48 year old Key West man was arrested August 28th by Key West Police on an outstanding warrant. He received a routine medical evaluation when he was booked into the jail by nursing staff who determined he should be housed in the jail's Sick Bay - a unit where inmates with medical conditions can be kept for observation and treatment.

On August 29th at 6:30 p.m., a nurse saw him in his cell having a seizure. She, two other nurses and six detention deputies all responded to assist with the incident. Paramedics from Key West Rescue were called and responded to the jail. They transported the man to Lower Keys Hospital at approximately 7 p.m.

He was later flown from Lower Keys Hospital to Baptist Hospital in Miami. He died at that hospital on August 30th at 10:30 p.m.

An autopsy will be done by the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office. The man's name is not being released pending the notification of his next of kin.

Miami man charged with car burglary

Islamorada - A Miami man was arrested Saturday morning, charged with breaking into a car and stealing a woman's purse.

The incident took place at 9:15 a.m. at a pharmacy at the 82.8 mile marker of the highway. Witnesses saw the suspect enter the unlocked car and take the purse. He then left the scene in maroon and silver colored Dodge Dakota. The witness was able to give dispatchers a partial tag number.

The suspect vehicle was found abandoned nearby. It had a parking permit from Holiday Isle, with room 260 listed on it. Deputies responded to Holiday Isle and found a number of people in the room. After speaking to a number of people, they determined the suspect they were looking for, 27 year old Michael Mendez, was not there. He was found a short time later hiding behind a large rock on the beach. He admitted to committing the burglary. A check on his name revealed a warrant for violation of probation ref. vehicle burglary.

Mendez was arrested. He was booked into jail on charges of burglary and grand theft.

Key West man arrested at Higgs Beach for marijuana

Key West - A Key West man was arrested at Higgs Beach Saturday afternoon when he was found to be in possession of 120 grams of marijuana.

An officer working a special detail at Higgs Beach saw two men acting suspiciously. As he watched, one of the men got into the passenger seat of a red truck which pulled up in the parking lot of the Beach area. The officer walked over to the truck to check it out. He identified the driver as 58 year old John Cochrane of Key West.

The officer asked Cochrane if he had any illegal substances in his truck. Cochrane admitted to having marijuana in a black bag in the truck. The marijuana weighed approximately 120 grams. Cochrane was arrested. He had $755.00 in cash in his pocket which was seized for possible forfeiture. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center for felony possession of marijuana.

Car stolen from Key West recovered on Cudjoe Key

Cudjoe Key - A car, stolen from the city of Key West, was recovered a short time later as the car thief drove it on Cudjoe Key northbound.

Deputy David Lariz was on his way to shift briefing at 6:30 a.m. when he heard a notice to be on the lookout for a white Chevrolet truck with light blue stripes on the sides which had been stolen from the Roosevelt Gardens housing complex on North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West. He spotted a truck fitting the description at the 16 mile marker northbound. As he followed the truck, he saw it swerve dangerously several times. He pulled the truck over at the 21 mile marker of the highway.

The driver, 38 year old Shannon Tanner, smelled strongly of alcohol. Tanner had cuts on his hand consistent with punching out the passenger side window of a vehicle; the vehicle he was driving had a broken out side window. The ignition in the truck had also been damaged.

Tanner was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with his license suspended, grand theft auto and criminal mischief. He was taken to jail.

August 28, 2009

Search warrant results in arrests

Islamorada - A search warrant at an Islamorada residence resulted in two arrests for marijuana possession and production.

The Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division and the Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics team responded to 88837 Overseas Highway at 6 a.m. where they served the warrant. Once inside the residence, they found marijuana packaged as if for sale, and marijuana growing in several different locations inside, and outside. The illegal substance was found in the living room and bedrooms; it was also found growing in a bedroom, a shed in the back yard and near the fence line of the property. They also found Crystal Meth, Xanax pills, drug paraphernalia and marijuana growing equipment.

42 year old Timothy Gibus and 20 year old Andrew Gil were both present and were arrested. They were both charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell; marijuana production; possession of drug paraphernalia. Gibus was also charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

Both men were booked into jail.

August 27, 2009

Joint agency operation nets wanted persons; prostitutes

Key West - Three people wanted on outstanding warrants and three prostitutes were arrested during a joint operation by the Sheriff's Office and Key West Police.

Narcotics detectives from both agencies worked together Wednesday night. First, they found three people wanted on warrants in the Stock Island area. 39 year old Patrick Stickney was charged with two counts sale of cocaine; 19 year old Isolina Fernandez was charged with four counts sale of cocaine; and 42 year old Verlencia Blake was charged with two counts sale of cocaine.

Detectives then conducted a prostitution sting at a North Roosevelt Boulevard hotel. Working out of a hotel room, they called the Allure Escort Service twice, both times requesting  females to "service" men at the hotel. The woman who answered the phone said she would arrive within the hour and discussed what the fee would be to "service" two men. Each time, when the women arrived, detectives handed over the cash and then arrested them; In a third case, they called a woman who posted her services on Craig's List. She also agreed to show up at the hotel and, when she did, a detective handed over cash and she was arrested.

30 year old Colleen Knoth, 30 year old Rebekah Stauffer and 47 year old Phyllis Blandino were all charged with soliciting for prostitution.

August 26, 2009

Deputies arrest 11 at open house party

Key Largo - A noise complaint in the early morning hours in Key Largo led to the arrest of 11 people for charges relating to an open house party.

Deputy Richard Bellon responded to 226 2nd Court West at 12:30 a.m. to reports of noise. When he arrived, he saw a group of people on an open screened in porch at the house. They were drinking what appeared to be alcoholic beverages. When he approached, all the members of the group began fleeing, some out the porch door and some back inside the house. One man tried to close and lock a sliding glass door to keep Deputy Bellon out of the house.

Once inside, deputies found one man pretending to be asleep in the bedroom; two women were hiding behind the bed. One man was hiding in the shower; two women were hiding in the closet and tried to keep the door shut with their feet. Two men were found hiding on the roof of an outbuilding on the property. In all, 11 were rounded up from various locations.

Two men were found to be renting the home. 35 year old Alvaro Sanchez Garcia and 22 year old Juan Jose Munoz-Gutierrez were both charged with having an open house party. All eleven of those arrested were also charged with resisting arrest and the six who were under the age of 21 were charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol. The rest of those arrested were:

Servando Gonzalez, 21
Eduardo Ruvalcaba-Gonzalez, 19
Rogelio Eufracia-Gutierrez, 19
Jose Munoz Quesada, 24
Alvaro Sandoval, 20
Vanessa Plascencia, 20
Erica Mora, 18
Marisela Lozano, 27
Elbia Lozano, 18

Tavernier man charged with stealing gun from residence

Key Largo - A Tavernier man arrested earlier this week for stealing a motorcycle and a scooter has been further charged with stealing a gun from a Key largo home.

When 20 year old Daniel Guenther was arrested Sunday deputies found a gun in his backpack he said he got from a friend. They also found coins, cellular phones and other items. Detectives say he took the items during a burglary he committed on Silver Springs Drive in Key Largo.

On August 24th, the victim came home in the morning to find someone had removed an air conditioner from the wall of his son's room. The suspect had taken a .380 caliber Browning pistol, several silver dollars and some cellular phones. All of these items were recovered from Guenther's backpack. When Detective Sgt. David Carey questioned Guenther, who is in jail, about the crime, he admitted to the break in. He was further charged with burglary and grand theft.

August 25, 2009

Marathon High School burglarized

Marathon - The Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary at Marathon High School.

Thousands of dollars worth of digital video and camera equipment were stolen between Sunday late afternoon and Monday morning, according to reports by School Resource Sergeant Glenn Test. Suspects smashed the small hurricane safety glass windows in the doors of two classrooms. They appear to have then reached inside and opened the doors to gain access to the classrooms. Once inside, they took a computer, several video cameras, a video mixing board, numerous digital cameras and other equipment. Total value of the stolen equipment is approximately $10,000.00.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com.

August 24, 2009

Woman charged with resisting arrest

Tavernier - An upper Keys woman was arrested Sunday evening after she fled from officers, then kicked one of them in the leg.

At 9 p.m., Deputy Tony Conde responded to Mangrove Marina in Tavernier to assist Customs and Border Patrol. They were towing in a boat with two people on board which they said almost hit them on the water. When they got to the dock, 45 year old Kimberly Keever of North Rock Harbor was being very loud. When asked for her driver's license, she said she didn't have it. She then walked to her vehicle parked at the marina and began driving away. Deputy Conde ordered her to stop, but she refuse, saying "come and catch me".

Deputy Conde jumped in his patrol car and followed her with is lights and siren activated. He ordered her several times over his public address system to stop, but she refused.

Keever finally stopped on Sunshine Street, but wouldn't get out of her car. Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Jason Rafter arrived to back up Deputy Conde. Keever's dog was in the car with her and she was clutching it so tightly it began to squeal. The officers finally got her out of the car and took the dog from her. She continued to struggle but she was handcuffed and placed in Deputy Conde's patrol car.

Once at the Plantation Key jail, Keever kicked Deputy Conde in the leg. She was booked on charges of resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding police and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Man charged with series of crimes

Tavernier - A 20 year old Tavernier man faces a series of charges for stealing a motorcycle, then stealing a scooter at two different locations on Sunday.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Barney Sajdak was on patrol and found a motorcycle crashed at the intersection of Caloosa and Tequesta Streets in Tavernier. He called the owner who went outside to check on his motorcycle and found it had been stolen. Surveillance video on the property showed a young man with a towel or t-shirt wrapped around his face taking the motorcycle. The victim's mother identified the suspect as a young man who'd asked her about the motorcycle a couple of hours earlier. She told him at the time that he needed to leave the property because it was late at night and he shouldn't be there.

At 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Deputy John Perez responded to the Kawama Yacht Club in Key Largo to a report of a stolen scooter. The security guard said the scooter was taken from outside his guard shack. There was surveillance video from that location and the guard said he would be getting a copy from their security company. Deputy Perez began to drive around the area to see if he could find the scooter. He was waved down by 20 year old Daniel Guenther of Tavernier. Guenther told the deputy he'd just found a blue scooter. When the deputy told Guenther about the video of the theft, Guenther admitted to taking the scooter.

Guenther had a backpack with him. In the backpack was a loaded handgun and a pill bottle with Percocet in it. He had no permit to carry the weapon, and no prescription for the drugs. He said he got both the drugs and the gun from a friend. He was arrested for grand theft, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a controlled substance and he was booked into jail.

Later that night, Deputy Todd Wyatt was shown the video tape of the motorcycle theft in the hopes he would recognize the suspect in the video. He did not recognize him at the time, but later Deputy Wyatt was looking at the Sheriff's Office web site and saw Guenther in the booking photos; he recognized Guenther as the man who stole the motorcycle. He told Deputy Sadjak about it and they called the Plantation Key jail to ask if Guenther had any injuries consistent with a motorcycle crash. Corrections Officers confirmed Guenther did have such injuries.

Deputy Sadjak interviewed Guenther at the jail and he admitted to taking the motorcycle and crashing it. He was further charged with burglary, grand theft and wearing a mask in the commission of a felony. The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the motorcycle accident and further charges are pending against Guenther from that investigation.

August 13, 2009

Man arrested in connection with boat motor theft

A man who stole a boat motor, then fled from deputies Tuesday night has been arrested for his crimes.

28 year old Marcelino Acosta Jr. was arrested tonight on charges of grand theft, burglary, fleeing and eluding and reckless driving.

Alert neighbors spotted Acosta in the driveway of a home on Palo De Oro Drive in Islamorada. They called the Sheriff's Office to report the suspicious behavior. When deputies arrived, they found the boat motor missing from a boat in the driveway.

They put a BOLO out for the vehicle Acosta was driving and Deputy Richard Bellon spotted it near the 101 mile marker of the highway. Acosta fled from him, then abandoned his vehicle at the end of Gun Club Road. Deputy Bellon saw Acosta as he was fleeing from the car, into a wooded area. Acosta managed to elude capture, however, despite a search using deputies, a Border Patrol K-9 team and a Border Patrol helicopter. Once the owner of the vehicle was identified, Deputy Bellon recognized him as the man he saw fleeing from the vehicle.

In the back of the vehicle was the motor stolen from the house in Islamorada. Detective Jason Madnick was assigned to investigate the case and a warrant was issued for Acosta's arrest. He was picked up tonight on Cudjoe Key and charged with the warrant. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

August 12, 2009

Boat motor theft interrupted by alert neighbors

Islamorada - The theft of an outboard motor was interrupted Tuesday night by alert neighbors who saw suspicious activity and called the Sheriff's Office.

The incident took place at 10 p.m. on Palo De Oro Drive in Islamorada. Sheriff's dispatchers received the call as a possible burglary in progress. The caller said they saw an SUV parked in the driveway of their neighbor's house with a man inside. He was able to get a partial license tag number before calling.

When deputies arrived, they found a 115 hp Yamaha engine had been taken from the back of a boat parked in the driveway. A notice to be on the lookout was issued for the SUV.

A short time later, Deputy Richard Bellon was at the 101 mile marker, facing southbound, watching for the vehicle when it passed him northbound. He followed it, but the SUV sped up and turned onto Central Avenue, turning off it's lights in an attempt to avoid detection. The vehicle came to a stop on Gun Club Road and the driver fled. Deputy Bellon chased him, but soon lost sight of him.

A perimeter was set up for a search of the area. U.S.Border Patrol provided a K-9 team and a helicopter to assist with the search, but the suspect was not found. Florida Highway Patrol and Customs agents also assisted. The motor was recovered from the back of he SUV.

Investigations are continuing. An arrest in the case is expected.

Trailer burns in Marathon

Marathon - A trailer was destroyed by fire at the Pelican Motel and Trailer Park Tuesday morning

Deputy Matt Koval arrived at the park at 10:30 a.m. and found firefighters already on the scene fighting the blaze. Once the fire was out, it was discovered that a Crock Pot which had been left plugged in had apparently overloaded the circuit in the trailer, causing the fire.

The owner was put in touch with the American Red Cross for assistance. Deputy Koval said the trailer appeared to be a total loss.

August 10, 2009

Tavernier man charged with two burglaries

Tavernier - A Tavernier man was arrested on outstanding warrants Sunday for committing two burglaries in April of this year.

According to Detective Greg LaRochelle, 40 year old Julio Matus-Certa admitted to committing the crimes. He is accused of breaking in to a home on First Street in Tavernier and breaking in to a houseboat moored at Banyon Lane, Tavernier. On April 30th, he said he entered the two residences, taking a laptop from each place. He then admitted to selling the laptops because, he said, he needed the money.

Matus-Certa was booked into jail Sunday on two counts each of burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

Tip leads to arrest for business burglary

Ramrod Key - Three teens have been arrested for burglarizing a business after deputies received a tip about the crime.

The tip was passed on to Detective Manuel Cuervo who followed up with an interview of the tipster, who gave him the identity of one of the boys who broke into the Looe Key Tiki Bar on Ramrod Key July 22nd. Detective Cuervo confronted 14 year old Shayne Rodrigues of Big Pine Key, asking if he was a participant in the crime. Rodrigues admitted to going to the Tiki Bar on the 22nd; he said he waited outside while 17 year old Zachary Aleksa of Little Torch Key and 17 year old Jared Michelson of Big Pine Key went inside.

They took 15 - 20 bottles of alcohol from the bar. Aleksa and Michelson were both interviewed about the crime and admitted to committing it. They said they sold some of the liquor and gave some of it away. All three boys were charged August 5th with burglary and grand theft. They were booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.

August 9, 2009

Woman still missing offshore of Big Pine Key

Lower Keys - A woman who went missing while diving for lobster Saturday has still not been found.

33 year old Lou Greene of St. Petersburg, Florida was diving in about 15 - 20 feet of water near Contents Key using a hookah rig when something happened at about 4 p.m. Witnesses on board the boat she was diving from say she surfaced and was obviously in distress. They jumped in to help her, but she went back under the surface and was not seen again.

An initial search by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday afternoon and evening failed to find her. They were back out again this morning, along with the Sheriff's Office Dive Team and the Key Largo Fire Rescue Water Emergency Team but she has still not been located.

August 8, 2009

Missouri man dies while scuba diving

Islamorada - A Missouri man died while scuba diving off shore of Islamorada today.

67 year old Kaizer Calcuttawala of Hannibal, Missouri was on his second dive of the day at about 12:30 p.m. when he failed to surface with the rest of the divers who were sharing a charter boat. They were out on the charter boat Restless Too out of Whale Harbor and had been diving in about 15 feet of water for lobster. The captain of the vessel spotted the victim on the bottom. He was pulled into the boat and given CPR. The Coast Guard was notified and met the boat as it headed in to port. The Coast Guard took the victim on board their vessel and continued CPR, bringing him in to the Coast Guard Station in Islamorada.

Paramedics met them at the station and transported the victim to Mariner's Hospital. The victim was pronounced dead while en route to the hospital. Detective Mark Coleman is investigating.

August 7, 2009

Three men arrested for knife threats

Marathon - A Marathon man was threatened with knives Thursday night. Three men were arrested for those knife threats.

The victim told deputies three men came to his home and threatened him. He said they pulled knives and "came at him". He fought with them, and had a few superficial cuts on his hand. He said he punched them several times and they fled the scene.

Witnesses who saw the confrontation gave the same description of events. They all gave a description of the suspects to the deputies. The men were located still in the vicinity and the victim and witnesses positively identified them.

32 year old Francisco Martorell Rodriguez of Marathon, 34 year old Jose Prieto of Marathon and Hanoi Naranjo-Pozo of Hialeah, Florida were all arrested. They were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; Pozo was also charged with aggravated battery. They were all booked into jail.

Two Search Warrants served on Stock Island

Stock Island - Two search warrants were served by Narcotics Detectives with the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division, resulting in the arrest of two Stock Island men on drug charges today.

At 6:30 a.m., detectives and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team served a search warrant at 6420 Sunshine Street on Stock Island. The residence was not occupied at the time. During the search, detectives found 3.2 grams of cocaine concealed inside of a Playstation. Arrests are pending in the case.

The second search warrant was served simultaneously by detectives from the Special Investigations Division and General Crimes detectives at the Wilson Apartments, #5. Inside, they found 60 year old Antonio Hernandez-Morales, and 51 year old Roberto Ferrer. The search turned up over 55 crack cocaine rocks weighing 11 grams and 3 gram baggies of powdered cocaine. Both men were charged with possession of cocaine. Both were booked into jail.

Lower Keys road patrol deputies assisted with service of both search warrants.

August 6, 2009

Two men die while lobstering on opening day

Islamorada - A Brandon, Florida man died this morning while diving for lobster.

25 year old Brian Harlin was diving for lobster in Indian Key Channel with family members at 8 a.m. he and his father were in the water, using a third lung apparatus (also known as a hookah rig) with two separate hoses which at some point dislodged during the dive. Both men surfaced, but as the boat approached to pick them up, Harlin went back below the surface. He was pulled on board the boat unconscious and not breathing.

CPR was begun and he was brought in to Indian Key Fill boat ramp, where paramedics were waiting. He was transported to Mariner's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Summerland Key -  A man from Trinity, Florida died while diving for lobster in a canal on Summerland Key.

32 year old Courtney Spikes was diving for lobster from shore in a canal behind a residence on Caribbean Drive just after noon today. He was in the water approximately five minutes when according to witnesses, he surfaced and yelled "help, I'm drowning!" His wife was watching from shore and jumped in to help him. He'd slipped below the surface at that point and she had trouble finding him because the water was reportedly very murky. Two other men diving nearby responded to help her, but it took them 11 minutes to find him.

He was brought to shore and paramedics responded. He was taken to Lower Keys hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lower units stolen

Two lower units from boat motors were reported stolen on Big Pine Key Wednesday.

The lower unit from a Mercury Optimax engine was reported stolen from a home on Avenue F. The son of the homeowner discovered the theft. The lower unit was taken sometime between August 2nd and August 5th. The lower unit from a Yamaha 60 hp engine was stolen from San Marco Drive on Big Pine Key. The owner discovered the theft on August 5th. He said he last saw his engine intact on August 1st.

Detectives in the lower Keys are currently investigating a string of outboard motor and lower unit thefts. There have been over 50 since January between Big Pine Key and Key West. Anyone with information about these cases 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 an arrest the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.

Islamorada man violent in warrant apprehension

Islamorada - An Islamorada man threw a screen door at detectives then barricaded himself in his apartment in an effort to avoid being arrested on outstanding warrants Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Special Investigations Division received a Crime Stoppers Tip that 26 year old Jeremy Macaulay was living at an apartment at the 90.2 mile marker and was wanted on outstanding warrants for violation of probation with the underlying charge of possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.

Detectives from that division pulled up and saw him sitting on the balcony with his infant son and another man. They approached him and told him why they were here, offering to allow him to make arrangements for his son before being brought in on the charges.

Macaulay stood up and began to protest angrily; he refused to cooperate. He began backing away from the detectives, almost trampling his son in the process. As he escalated his resistance to the officers, he swung at one of them, then grabbed the screen door off of some sliding glass doors and threw it at the officers, hitting one of the detectives in the right knee and left arm. He then ran into the apartment, closed the door, locked it and refused to come out.

For an hour, Sgt. Tom Kiffney attempted to talk Macaulay out. He refused. Deputies finally forced their way in and took him into custody without further incident.

Macaulay was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and violation of probation.

The detective was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The infant was safe and was turned over to the custody of his mother.

August 3, 2009

Two Key West men charged with burglary

Stock Island - Two Key West men were arrested Sunday, charged with burglarizing a Stock Island trailer in the early morning hours.

Sgt. Tom Walker and Deputies Evan Calhoun, Jose Costoya and Caridad Bellon responded to a 9th Avenue trailer just after midnight to reports of a burglary. According to the victim, his 10 year old son was at home with his sister; he heard a voice that sounded like his Uncle, 25 year old Yasmany Santana, call out to him. He said he didn't answer. He says he heard Santana enter the house, then saw him leaving. He said he saw the Santana carrying some guns as he left. Further investigation revealed Santana and an accomplice had taken three rifles, a shotgun, a safe, a Rolex watch and a computer case containing a camera, an Ipod and a computer.

Deputies and Detectives, assisted by the Key West Police, responded to a house on White Street where the mother of Santana's children lives. She told them she'd seen him earlier but not for several hours. As they talked with her, an Chevrolet SUV pulled up. As it drove up, officers saw a man jump from the SUV and run away. They later found Santana hiding on a porch at a nearby residence.

In the vehicle, they found two men. In the back seat was a safe fitting the description of the one that was stolen. The passenger was identified as 25 year old Aldo Parrado. The driver told deputies he'd driven Santana and Parrado to the trailer on 9th Avenue where they'd gone in and gotten the safe that was in the back seat. He said he didn't know they'd stolen it, but suspected something was wrong when Santana told him to pull over and began banging the safe on the ground in an attempt to open it.

At that point, Santana and Parrado were placed under arrest; they were charged with armed burglary and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. At the time of his arrest, Parrado was wearing the stolen Rolex watch.

Later that day, just after noon, Deputy David Lariz responded to a residence at Flagler Court in the city of Key West. The girlfriend of Parrado lives there with her mother and grandmother. The mother said Parrado came to the residence in the early morning hours and dropped off a black case. The case was recovered and in it was the camera, computer and Ipod. The stolen guns were found hidden in the back yard.

Santana and Parrado remain in the Monroe County Detention Center.

August 2, 2009

Stock Island man caught with cocaine

Stock Island - A deputy on routine patrol caught a Stock Island man with 11.2 grams of cocaine with a street value of $1,200.00.

Deputy Evan Calhoun was on patrol on 5th Avenue at 10:20 p.m. He decided to get out of his patrol car and do a walk though of Rodriguez Apartments. He saw 26 year old Ignacio Hernandez - who does not have a valid driver's license - get into a van. Hernandez drove the man out of the parking lot, then back into the parking lot, parking in a parking spot.

Deputy Calhoun approached Hernandez and asked him if he'd had his driver's license reinstated. Hernandez said he had not; at that point he was placed under arrest.

A search of his pockets turned up a plastic bag containing 4.3 grams of cocaine; a second bag of 6.9 grams of the drug was found in the van. Hernandez was charged with two counts possession of cocaine and with driving with a suspended license. He was booked into jail.

Boat motor theft, attempted theft on Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key - A neighbor who watches a house for someone who lives elsewhere called to report a boat motor stolen Saturday.

The man, who lives on Sunset Road on Big Pine, said he noticed his neighbor's boat had been moved, then noticed the Yamaha boat motor was gone Saturday morning. He said the last time he checked the property was on July 28th and he saw nothing amiss at that time.

Also on Saturday, deputies took a report of an attempted boat motor theft on Matthew's Road, Big Pine Key. The victim said he was out of town for a week; when he returned, he found the trim tabs had been removed from his two Yamaha 250 hp engines in preparation for someone stealing the lower units. It appears suspects were either interrupted or were unable to remove them for some other reason. The owner had lowered his engines and had backed them up close to a wall, making the theft more difficult.

August 1, 2009

Lobster season numbers in from the middle Keys:

More dive, snorkel and fishing gear stolen

A resident of Forrestall Avenue on Big Pine Key left dive and fishing gear outside under his house overnight and it was stolen. The victim called the Sheriff's Office early Friday to report dive tanks, BCs, masks, fins, snorkels, rods and reels, a GPS and other equipment taken.

A charter boat at Holiday Isle was burglarized. The boat captain called to report someone had taken two GPS units, a fish finder, a stereo, and a VHS radio from his boat. The theft took place between the evening of 7/29 and the morning of 7/30.

Residents of a Suncrest Road, Stock Island trailer called the Sheriff's Office Friday to report dive and fishing equipment missing. They told deputies they left the items outside while they went downtown. They returned home and they were still there. When they woke in the morning, they were gone. Missing were two regulators and five rod and reel combinations.

A man staying at a condo on Windley Key called the Sheriff's Office Friday morning  to report his dive gear stolen. He said he washed his gear Thursday night and hung it up outside the condo to dry. When he woke, it was gone. Missing items included two BCs, fins and a regulator.