May 10, 2011

Woman arrested for vehicle burglary; more charges expected

Key Largo – Detectives are investigating seven vehicle burglaries which took place between Sunday night and Monday morning in the neighborhoods of Lake Surprise and Sexton Cove, both near the 106 mile marker of the highway. A Key Largo woman is in custody in connection with one and is expected to be charged with more of them in days to come.

There were several incidents which led to the arrest of 51 year old Ofelia Lopez of Key Largo for burglary. The first one was when a man who lives on Largo Road heard his dog barking at 10 p.m. Sunday and went downstairs to check, finding her sitting in one of his cars. When he confronted her, she rode away on her bicycle. He called the Sheriff’s Office to report the crime. The following day, he identified her from a photo line up as the woman he caught inside his vehicle.

The second connection with Lopez and the burglaries took place in the early morning hours on Largo Road, when Deputy Spencer Bryan was taking a report of a vehicle burglary from a victim. He saw her in the vicinity of the burglary he was investigating. He took per picture at the scene as she walked by.

The third connection was when a victim on Big Pine Road discovered his car had been burglarized and someone had left a cell phone inside that didn’t belong to him. The phone rang and he answered it. It was Lopez’ father, looking for her. The victim called to report the crime and turned the phone over to Deputy Robert Dosh. While Dosh was on the scene, he saw Lopez in the area. He knew she’d been in the vicinity of another burglary on Largo Road, earlier in the morning. Both Deputy Dosh and Detective Ralph Williams confronted her and she finally admitted it was her phone. She said she didn’t know how it got there.

Lopez was arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft. More charges against her are expected.

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