February 26, 2012

Three teens charged with vehicle burglaries

Summerland Key – Three teens were arrested Saturday for vehicle burglaries on Summerland Key after a witness saw them committing the crimes.

Deputy Martin Harbin responded to West Caribbean Drive on Summerland Key just before 2 p.m. A witness told him he’d seen three people in a black Mercedes C300 burglarizing vehicles. He said a male was driving the vehicle; the two females would get out, one would enter a vehicle while the other acted as “lookout”; they would then get back into the Mercedes and go to the next vehicle. He said the Mercedes  just left the area, headed toward U.S. One. He was able to identify one of the suspects as 15 year old Sarah Bell who lives on Summerland Key.

Further investigation revealed at least four vehicles burglarized on West Caribbean Drive. Detectives assigned to the case contacted Bell’s father; Bell, 18 year old Oliver Vitale and 18 year old Brook Vanarsdel, both of Key West, were subsequently interviewed and arrested, charged with four counts of burglary and theft. 

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