December 28, 2011

Detective asks for help from the community to catch vehicle burglar

Stock Island – Sheriff’s Detective David Cruz would like the public’s help identifying a vehicle burglar captured on video tape burglarizing a van on Stock Island in late November.

The crime took place November 26th at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Unlimited Electric Technologies at 5585 2nd Avenue on Stock Island. The suspect is shown walking around the parking lot of Unlimited Electric Technologies; after several minutes, he picks up a rock and throws it at the van’s window, breaking it. He reaches in, unlocks the door, opens it and removes items from inside, including a quantity of electrical wiring. The suspect then loads the stolen items onto his bicycle and rides away from the scene in an unknown direction.

The victim, 36 year old John Grodzinski, was able to pull the video from his outside camera system. Now, Detective Cruz is hoping someone who watches the video will recognize the suspect.

The video has been posted on YouTube, A link to the video has been posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, MCSO – Florida Keys. Anyone who has information which might lead to an arrest in this case should call Detective Cruz at 305-292-7060. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be submitted on line at

The video can be viewed at and,  or there is a link on our Facebook page, MCSO – Florida Keys.

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