Grassy Key – A Tallahassee man, arrested on January 11th after a Sheriff’s detective stopped the stolen vehicle he was driving on Stock Island is facing further charges today.
When detectives and deputies stopped 40 year old Robert Skinner on the afternoon of the 11th, they found property in his vehicle they suspected came from some burglaries which had taken place just hours before on Grassy Key. They also found pawn slips from Joe’s Cash Flow Pawn Shop in Marathon.
Investigations into the origins of the property in the car and the items Skinner had pawned revealed he’d burglarized four homes that morning – three on Morton Street and one on U.S. One at the 58.6 mile marker. He took electronic equipment, tools, fishing equipment and jewelry from the homes, pawning some of it for cash.
Because he was caught so quickly after committing the crimes, Detective Bobby Burkett, who investigated the burglaries, was able to recover almost all of the stolen items and return them to their owners.
Skinner’s recent charges include three counts of fraud, three counts of dealing in stolen property, four counts each of burglary and theft. He remains in the Monroe County Detention Center.