A Hialeah man was arrested Friday, charged with burglarizing two boats which were parked roadside in the Upper Keys.
The first boat was parked near the 80 mile marker in May of 2012. The owner told Deputy David Stark he was towing the boat and his truck broke down. He had to leave the vessel and trailer parked there until he could get the vehicle repaired. When he returned to retrieve the boat, he found someone had taken the GPS and four sets of rods and reels. Fingerprints from the case were identified as belonging to 29 year old Jesus Pereda Feros of Hialeah. A warrant was issued for his arrest for burglary of a vessel and grand theft.
The second boat was left parked for sale at the 101.5 mile marker when, on August 22nd, the owner’s mother, brother and sister were driving by and saw a man on board the boat. They stopped and confronted him. He claimed he was interested in buying it. At the time they spoke with him, he had a drill in his hand. They later discovered he had been attempting to remove speakers and an amplifier from the boat.
The brother took a picture of him before he left the scene. They also got his license plate number.
Detective Sgt. Dave Carey investigated the case. Using the license tag number, the photo and the name of a company on the shirt the suspect was wearing when his picture was taken, Carey identified him as Feros. Feros works for a delivery company called South Florida Express. He was apprehended last Friday as he was about to make a delivery in Key Largo.
Feros was charged with the outstanding warrant for the 2012 crime and with a second count of burglary, grand theft and possession of burglary tools. He was booked into jail.
One man is dead and another is in jail for stabbing him after a fight in the mangroves in Marathon last Wednesday night.
The two men were staying in a homeless encampment set up in some mangroves on the bayside of the 47 mile marker, across from Knight’s Key. A woman staying in the camp witnessed the incident, which took place about 8:45 p.m.
When Deputy Garrett Test arrived, he found the witness screaming hysterically. She showed Deputy Test and Deputy Chuck Kellenberger where the victim was. When asked who committed the crime, she said “Timothy Howard.”
She told deputies the two men fought over a missing bag. She said during the fight, 59 year old Timothy Howard stabbed the 53 year old victim with a filet knife. The witness said she heard the victim say “you didn’t have to stab me five times” and saw him push away from Howard and fall into the water at the shoreline.
The victim then reportedly picked up his bicycle and left the encampment. Howard told the witness the victim “would be dead by the time he reaches the Mobile gas station.”
The victim was found by responding deputies at the edge of the wooded area, laying on top of his bike, dead.
Howard was found still in the encampment. The knife, a six inch long filet type knife, was found nearby. He was taken into custody, treated for minor injuries to his elbow and shoulder. He was charged with murder and he was booked into jail.
The victim’s name is Richard Bruno Maslar, 53 years of age. Maslar was a homeless man.
A man has been arrested for breaking in to the animal shelter on Stock Island and stealing a donation jar with $50 inside.
48 year old Lynn Thomas broke a window to gain access to the building overnight between April 12 and the 13. He cut himself on the broken window glass, leaving behind DNA in the form of blood. Analysis of the blood identified it as belonging to Thomas.
Detective David Brummer, who investigated the case, called authorities in Linn County, Iowa where Thomas had been arrested before. Sheriff’s detectives there told Detective Brummer Thomas had been arrested in their jurisdiction for breaking in to a church and an animal hospital.
A warrant was obtained for Thomas and last Wednesday, he was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief. He was booked into jail.
Marathon man is in jail after attacking another man with a bat last Wednesday night.
The incident took place at Dion’s Quik Mart at 6203 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Just before 9 p.m., the victim was walking past the store, on the way home. The suspect, 51 year old Randy Shipman, was parked in his truck by the store.
The victim and witnesses say Shipman jumped out of his truck with a T-ball bat in his hand and attacked the victim with it. The two men had reportedly been having problems for weeks before this.
Shipman knocked the victim to the ground and continued to hit him several more times before Deputy Jean Gonzalez arrived on the scene.
Shipman was arrested, charged with aggravated battery and booked into jail.
A 35 foot Intrepid boat was stolen from a boat lift behind a house on Bulevar De Palmas in Marathon. Detectives need the public’s assistance locating the stolen vessel.
The 35 foot Intrepid Cuddy Cabin is valued at an estimated $300,000. On Tuesday, a neighbor noticed it missing and called the owner to ask him about it. The owner, who is in Illinois, told him no one had permission to have the boat, and asked him to call the Sheriff’s Office to report it as stolen.
Deputy Brad Colen responded and found the cover to the boat lift controls open and the lift lowered.
The vessel had twin Yamaha 300 horse power four stroke engines on it, along with a Garmin chart plotter and a radar system installed, as well as an autopilot system.
Detective Trevor Wirth is investigating the case.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, 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.
The Sheriff’s Office participated in a traffic enforcement operation on Stock Island this week, targeting vehicles bringing illegal narcotics into the county.
Last Wednesday, officers stopped 20 vehicles, issuing one citation, 11 warnings, searching 15 vehicles using a police K-9 team and arresting three people on drug charges. The Department of Homeland Security assisted in the operation.
Shanice Lopez, 24, of Key West was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
A Cape Coral man was arrested Tuesday after he was caught on video tape stealing cigarettes and a cell phone from the Circle K convenience store on Big Coppitt Key.
Deputy Freddy Rodriguez responded to the store Tuesday morning and spoke with the manager who said he was reviewing store surveillance tape from overnight and saw a crime occur in the early morning hours. On the tape he saw three men in the store. One walked into the store’s office and put two cartons of Newport cigarettes under his shirt. He also grabbed a cell phone, taking it with him as well. The other two men walked around the store, made a few purchases and then they all left, driving away in a white Ford Crown Victoria.
Deputy Rodriguez took a report and left the store. He was on patrol at 5th Avenue and Cross Street on Stock Island a short time later when he saw three men in a car fitting that description. He pulled the car over with the assistance of Deputy Lazaro Valdes.
He told the three men they were caught on tape in the store. At that point one of the men, 20 year old Joshua Borges, admitted to the theft. He said his friends had nothing to do with it. The stolen cell phone was found in his pocket along with two packets of what appeared to be the illegal substance “Spice”. The substance will be tested and charges may be pending for possession of it.
Borges was charged with burglary and grand theft. He was booked into jail.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force next week guarding the safety of children returning to school.
“We take school related safety very seriously,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We have a no tolerance policy for people who choose to speed in school zones, and for those who illegally pass school buses. We will be out in force beginning next week in both marked and unmarked cars watching for violators.”
School Resource Officers and School Crossing Guards will return to their posts Monday at various schools throughout the Keys. In addition, Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement deputies will patrol school zones in the county to make sure drivers realize school is back in session. Road Patrol deputies will also be spending any free time they have concentrating on areas surrounding schools and school bus stops and they will be writing tickets to anyone not obeying the speed limits in school zones or those illegally passing school buses.
Children and parents should also remember: if you ride a bicycle to school, Florida law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. You may receive a $25 citation if you are caught riding without one.
Anyone driving in the county next week should make an extra effort to watch out for students, who may not be paying attention to traffic in their excitement about returning to school. Be especially careful around residential neighborhoods, areas with bus stops, and around schools themselves.
A Stock Island man has been arrested, charged with stealing fishing gear from a boat docked at Safe Harbor Marina on Stock Island.
The theft occurred sometime in the early morning hours on July 16. The victim found four fishing rods and reels missing from his boat, which was docked overnight at the marina. The rods and reels were valued at approximately $1,600.
Video surveillance cameras in the area caught two men on camera stealing the rods and reels. One of the men was identified as 42 year old Felipe Fonseca of Stock Island. Detective Dave Chavka and Deputy Freddy Rodriguez confronted Fonseca with their evidence and he admitted to the theft, but refused to identify his accomplice.
A warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with burglary and grand theft. Investigations into the incident are continuing.
A Tavernier man was arrested Saturday afternoon for falsely reporting that his girlfriend had been kidnapped.
35 year old Mathew Corp called Sheriff’s dispatchers just after 2 p.m. He reported his wife had been kidnapped by two men who were heading north from the 92 mile marker driving a U-Haul truck. A notice to be on the lookout for the vehicle was issued over police radios and Deputy E.B. Askins responded to Burton drive to meet with Corp.
When he arrived at Corp’s address, he found a vehicle parked out front that was running with the doors open. Two women exited Corp’s apartment. One identified herself as Corp’s “now ex-girlfriend”. She said she was moving out of the apartment.
Corp then exited the apartment. He was obviously intoxicated and began yelling at Deputy Askins and at the two women. He told Deputy Askins he’d called in the false kidnapping report to keep his girlfriend from leaving his apartment.
Corp was arrested. He fought with Deputy Askins as he was being arrested. He was charged with misuse of 911 and resisting arrest and he was booked into jail.