July 5, 2012

Three family members charged with shoplifting

Three family members from Key Largo were arrested Wednesday afternoon after they were caught with stolen merchandise from five different stores.

When an employee of Publix in Key largo noticed 29 year old Edy Martinez Lezcano walk out of the store with a basketful of groceries at 4 p.m., she notified her manager who called the Sheriff’s Office. When Deputy Michael Sielicki arrived he found him standing in front of K-Mart. His wife, 37 year old Maria de los Angeles Betancourt, was stopped by Deputy Christian Galls in their H3 Hummer a short distance away and was returned to the store. The manager identified her and the vehicle. He said the vehicle was the one the stolen items were loaded into after the shoplifting occurred and that she was driving it. Lezcano’s mother in law – Betancourt’s mother - 57 year old Eustasia Gonzalez was found in another location in the parking lot.

The manager of K-Mart approached as deputies were investigating. He said he saw the same three suspects enter K-Mart and take various items from the store.

A search of the vehicle turned up over $700.00 worth of items belonging to K-Mart, Publix, Beall’s department store, Shell World and West Marine; investigations revealed all the items to be stolen.

All three were arrested. They were charged with five counts of theft and they were all booked into jail.

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