April 25, 2011

Burglary surveillance results in two arrests

Islamorada – Two Miami men were arrested Sunday afternoon after detectives saw them attempt to enter three vehicles parked in the parking lot of an Islamorada resort.

Upper Keys Sheriff’s Detectives were working in the area of Holiday Isle Resort, in an attempt to catch suspects burglarizing vehicles. The Upper Keys area, from Key Largo to Islamorada, has been plagued with vehicle burglaries recently, with 35 such crimes occurring in the area in April alone.

As Detective Francisco Gaete watched the parking area of Holiday Isle, he saw two men; one attempting to open the doors of a vehicle and the other who appeared to be acting as “lookout” for him.

The alarm system of a vehicle went off, and the two men walked away toward the beach; a short time later, they returned to the parking area and were seen by Detective Gaete and Detective Ralph Williams attempting to open two more vehicles in the same manner.

Detectives moved in and arrested the two men as they were getting in to a 2002 Jaguar belonging to one of them. 28 year old Joaquin Suarez and 33 year old Carlos Castillo were both arrested. Suarez was charged with three counts of attempted burglary of a vehicle and Castillo with three counts of being an accessory to the crimes.

They were booked into jail.

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