July 20, 2012

Man arrested after burglary victim recognizes his own shoes

Big Coppitt Key – A Stock Island man is under arrest for burglarizing a vehicle on Big Coppitt Key. He is the suspect in several more vehicle burglaries that took place in the area during the same time period.

The owner of a car parked at 34 Cactus Drive left his apartment at 6 a.m. Thursday and found 18 year old Manuel Argomaniz passed out on an outside walkway. He became suspicious when he noticed Argomaniz was wearing a pair of blue high-topped Nike sneakers with red laces in them – they were the same shoes the victim had left in his car the night before.

To make sure, he woke the suspect up and asked him what size shoe he wears. Argomaniz appeared disoriented; he told the victim he wears a size 11 shoe. The victim, who wears a size 13, told Argomaniz to take the shoes off so he could look at them. They were a size 13. The victim called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

Lt. Donnie Elomina arrived on the scene and took Argomaniz into custody pending an investigation. Deputy Kim Trullender arrived. As he investigated, he found several more people who said their cars were entered overnight. During the course of the investigation, six cars on both Cactus Drive and on Avenue B were identified as possible burglaries. Property missing included a radar detector, prescription medication and a computer flash drive.

Argomaniz gave a false name to Deputy Trullender. He was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Detention Center where a check on his fingerprints revealed his true identity. He was charged with burglary, theft and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer. More charges may be pending.

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