April 8, 2011

18 year old charged with Islamorada burglary

Islamorada – An 18 year old Tavernier man is under arrest, charged with burglarizing an Islamorada home while a family of four was sleeping inside.

During the early morning hours of April 6th, 18 year old Myles Harding allegedly entered the home on Navajo Street while the victims slept. He stole a computer, other electronics, a large amount of jewelry and some cash. A 17 year old girl sleeping in her bedroom woke when he walked by her room; she told Detective Sgt. Dave Carey she thought it was her brother, so she went back to sleep.

In the morning, the mother woke to find the home’s door wide open. At first, she said she thought someone else in the family had gone outside; a short time later, the family realized they had been burglarized and called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Caridad Bellon and Detective Francisco Gaete responded to investigate.

On Thursday, the mother received information from a friend that Harding had gone to a Miami pawn shop and pawned some of her jewelry. Harding is an acquaintance of the family and she knew he’d recently moved back into town and was living with his grandparents in Tavernier. She called the Sheriff’s Office to report the information.

Det. Sgt. Carey interviewed Harding on Thursday. During the interview, Harding admitted committing the crime. Some of the stolen jewelry was recovered from his car. A small amount of marijuana was also found in the glove compartment along with a pipe used to smoke it.

Harding was arrested. He was charged with burglary of an occupied residence, grand theft, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail.

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