Man arrested for vehicle burglaries

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Tuesday for burglarizing two vehicles in the parking lot of Boondock’s Restaurant on Ramrod Key.

The owner of the restaurant called the Sheriff’s Office at 6 p.m. after he saw 24 year old Keitel Romero inside one of the vehicles in the employee parking lot of the business. Deputy Spenser Bryan responded to the call. Romero was still there when the deputy arrived.

Investigations revealed Romero had entered two different vehicles. He’d used a permanent marker to “tag” the glove box of one vehicle, and had ransacked another one and damaged the vehicle’s ignition in an apparent attempt to steal it. Loose change from the cars was found in Romero’s pockets, along with a spark plug which Romero told deputies could be used to break windows in order to get into cars.

The restaurant owner told deputies Romero had also purchased food inside earlier in the evening and had failed to pay for it.

Romero was charged with two counts of vehicle burglary, criminal mischief, theft, possession of burglary tools and defrauding an innkeeper. He was booked into jail.

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