A 27 year old Rockland Key man was arrested Tuesday, charged with performing lewd acts in front of a young boy.
The incident took place in October of 2012 and was reported to law enforcement in May of 2013 after the victim told his school counselor. The victim told Detective Rosa DiGiovanni he was in the same room with Christopher Sheeler late one evening when Sheeler was watching pornography on his cell phone. He said Sheeler hooked the phone up to the television so they could both see it. He then masturbated in front of the victim and encouraged victim to do so as well.
After investigating the allegations, Detective DiGiovanni obtained a warrant for Sheeler’s arrest. Today, he was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and he was booked into jail.
A Marathon woman has been charged with aggravated battery after she allegedly cut a man on the arm in the parking lot of Walgreen’s Drug Store September 5th.
The victim told detectives he paid a woman $100 for sex the night before the attack. He said he saw her the following day and she, without warning, pulled out a knife and cut his arm with it.
Detective Trevor Wirth was assigned to investigate the case. He spoke with the victim and several witnesses. During the course of his investigations, he was able to identify her as Angela Specker. Her identity was confirmed through the use of a photo line-up.
Specker told Detective Wirth she stabbed the victim because she was angry about the way he treated her the night before. She said he was aggressive, slapping her and pulling her hair as they attempted to engage in sexual activity. She said when he finished he threw $100 at her. She said when she saw him the following day she became enraged and cut him on the arm.
A warrant was obtained for Specker and she was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.
Several alert neighbors on Big Coppitt Key were instrumental in the arrest of a man for vehicle burglary early last Friday.
Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call from a resident of Avenue G on Big Coppitt Key at 5:30 a.m. He said he’s seen a man on a bicycle in his front yard by his truck. He’d then seen the man ride to a next door neighbor’s house and try the door on his vehicle. When Deputy Valdes arrived on Avenue G, another resident of the street flagged him down to report the man on the bicycle went into his tenant’s vehicle and ransacked the inside. He described the man as a white male wearing a dark green shirt and shorts riding a bicycle.
Deputy Valdes and Sgt. Tom Walker searched the area and found a man fitting the description hiding underneath a set of stairs at a house across from the house where the vehicle burglary took place. He was ordered out of his hiding place. He was identified as 51 year old Robert Ebbitt. Ebbitt said he was in the area looking for a place to sleep.
Ebbitt was arrested. He was charged with burglary and with loitering and prowling. He was booked into jail.
A Marathon man, arrested last week for pawning items stolen in a business burglary, faces more charges.
Detective Nicholis Whiteman charged 38 year old Jose Ortiz with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and with dealing in stolen property.
The charges stem from a burglary reported August 21. Someone broke in to Island Auto Repair and stole a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
A week after the burglary, Detective Whiteman received information about the location of the gun. He spoke with a Marathon man who admitted to having a gun fitting the description of the stolen gun. He said Ortiz gave it to him as payment for money Ortiz owed him.
He turned the gun over to the detective, who confirmed it was, indeed, the stolen weapon.
A Marathon man was arrested last Wednesday, charged with pawning items stolen during a business burglary in August.
The Tackle Box in Marathon was burglarized August 10. Someone broke in and stole silver dollars and a men’s 14 karat gold wedding band with a diamond in it. Two days later, pawn shop records show that 38 year old Jose Ortiz went to Molly’s Pawn and More on Big Pine Key and pawned those same items.
When confronted with this information by Detective Nicholis Whiteman, Ortiz said he bought the items from someone on 39th Street for $150. He could not give the detective a name or description of the person he said he bought them from.
Ortiz was arrested. He was charged with trafficking in property he knew or should have known to be stolen. He was booked into jail.
A Big Coppitt Key man was arrested last Friday, charged with hitting a 14 year old.
Florida law prohibits identifying the victim of child abuse so many details of the incident are protected from release to the public.
34 year old John Roberts is accused of pushing the child and hitting her in the face, causing a cut on her lip and a bloody nose. After the incident took place, the girl went to a friend’s house. The friend’s parents called the Sheriff’s Office after seeing her injuries.
Roberts was charged with child cruelty and he was booked into jail.
A Stock Island woman was arrested after she agreed to trade a sexual act for $40.
An undercover operative was in the vicinity of 5th Street and McDonald Avenue at 4 p.m. recently when he met with 45 year old Dorothy Austin. He told her he was stressed and she offered sex as a de-stressor.
He told her he had $40 he would exchange for oral sex; she said she was the best on Stock Island and for that amount of money would take her time.
He paid her and, after she accepted the cash, she was arrested. Austin was charged with prostitution and she was booked into jail.
A Big Pine Key man was arrested Monday morning after he broke in to a room at the Big Pine Motel.
61 year old Mark Moses reportedly tried to check into the motel Sunday night but his credit card was declined and he didn’t have enough cash to pay in advance. The following morning at 6 a.m., a guest reported loud noise coming from room #22 and broken glass outside of the room. When the motel owner went to check on it, he knocked on the door. He said a man opened the door, and then closed it quickly saying something about somebody shooting something.
The owner then called for help from the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies Kim Trullender and Jon Riggs responded. They knocked on the door and Moses answered. He was naked. They got him to exit the room without any issues and helped him to cover himself. Moses had covered the broken window with a towel and a picture from the room.
Inside the room, they found evidence Moses had entered the room using a coral rock to break the window. Moses had removed a steam cleaning machine from one of the maid’s closets at the hotel and had it in the room. He also had cleaning supplies, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, prescription pills, cold medicine, wet clothing and marijuana strewn all over the room.
Moses was arrested. He was charged with defrauding an innkeeper, criminal mischief, burglary, theft, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail.
- School is back in session, watch for stopped school buses and stop while they pick up and drop off.
- Watch your speeds thru school zones
- Watch your speed through the area of Big Pine where the Big Pine Academy is located. It is not marked as a school zone but caution to the parents entering and exiting the roadway.
- For those who have a boat lift or davits- when not in use (daily, monthly or for the season) turn off the power source at the breaker box that operates this equipment. Would be thieves’ vessel target easy opportunities.
- If by chance thieves get a power source (from a neighbor) to lower your boat- Place a locking mechanism on your boat lift, drill two holes and insert a lock that does not have cutting access.
- AT&T salespeople are walking the neighborhoods of Cudjoe and Sugarloaf. They have been advised to wear and display their identification. They are soliciting business for new products.
- If any citizen knows of an area that needs attention due to the possibility of an increased crime element. Or a person in need who could use some assistance with work they are unable to complete due to reasons beyond their control. The Sheriff’s Office is willing to partner with social, civic, community organizations to help beautify the area or give the needed boost a citizen in need.
- We are Committed to the Community
- Please remember we have the Sheriff’s Office drug drop off program. You can drop off unwanted prescription medication (no needles) at any Sheriff’s Office substations across the county. We will be glad to pick up such items.
Insurance Company offers $10,000 reward for information leading to return of vessel.
A 35 foot Intrepid boat was stolen August 19 from a boat lift behind a house on Bulevar De Palmas in Marathon. Detectives need the public’s assistance locating the stolen vessel.
The Insurance Company covering the loss, Harbor and Ocean Services Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, is offering a reward of $10,000 for the safe return of the vessel.
The 35 foot Intrepid Cuddy Cabin is valued at an estimated $300,000. 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 from Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.