Two arrested on Big Pine burglary charges

Craig Vettinger, 18,  and   Richard Price, 17, both of Big Pine Key were arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, petit theft, and possession of drug paraphenalia. Vettinger was also charged with battery.

Deputy Richard Wang rsponded to a call by Kenneth Norton stating he had a fight with two men who were buglarizing his residents and when he tried to stop them  Vettinger beat him up. The deputy saw the vehicle that was described by the victim a short distance away and pulled them over.

The subjects stated they were invited by Norton’s son to smoke a joint but that Norton got angry and punched Vettinger. They then left the scene. Norton’s son denied the subjects statement and had the same statement as his father’s.

Norton was transported to Lower Keys Medical Center for treatment of a bloody left eye, cut on his nose, a bruise under his chin, swollen middle finger, and possible dislocated left shoulder.

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