March 31, 2011

Former tenant charged with stealing refrigerator

Key Largo – A Key Largo man was arrested for burglary after he was caught taking a refrigerator from a home he used to live in.

Deputies were called Lake Surprise Boulevard to reports of suspicious activity on March 27th at 11 p.m. They found two men who had loaded a refrigerator into a pickup truck. Neither man had a valid driver’s license. A neighbor said one of the men – 43 year old Alexis Hernandez – used to live in a trailer on the street. Hernandez told Deputy Sheila Swindle he was picking up his father’s refrigerator from the house he and his father used to live in. The man helping him was identified as 21 year old Brett Leffew.

The deputy would not allow either man to drive the truck and made them park and lock it until they could find someone with a valid driver’s license to drive it.

The following day, Deputy Robert Dosh responded to the same location to reports of theft of a refrigerator. The landlord of the home on Lake Surprise Boulevard said no one had permission to remove the appliance from his property.

Deputy Dosh began asking neighbors about the refrigerator and found one who’d seen Hernandez removing it. She was able to tell him who the two men were, and told him about Deputy Swindle responding to the area.

Warrants were issued for both Hernandez and Leffew. On Wednesday, Hernandez was arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft and he was booked into jail. Charges on Leffew are still pending.

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