February 15, 2012

Observant citizen helps with burglary arrests

Big Coppitt Key – A Big Coppitt resident saw a crime taking place on his street Tuesday afternoon and called the Sheriff’s office. Two men are now in jail for burglary.

The man who reported the crime lives on Dolphin Road. He told Deputy Richard Wang he was walking by an lot at #2 Dolphin Road at 12:45 a.m. when he saw two men carrying large rolls of copper wire from a storage shed on the property. When they saw him, they dropped the wire and fled. The witness said he saw them get into a grey colored Ford Escape and flee southbound. He was able to describe the vehicle in detail, and gave dispatchers the vehicle’s license tag number as well.

Deputy Wang contacted the owner of the storage shed, who told him she did not give anyone permission to be in her shed or to take the copper wire.

The vehicle was located at U.S. One and Cross Street on Stock Island by Detective Dave Chavka. Inside the vehicle were 29 year old Fernando Lopez and 31 year old Tommy Morales, both of Key West. The witness identified both the vehicle and its occupants as the ones he saw at the crime scene.

Both men were charged with burglary and grand theft and they were booked into jail.

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