Deputies took reports this morning indicating five homes and five vehicles were entered between Sunday night and Monday morning. All the homes were on 4th, 5th and 6th Avenue Ocean in Marathon. The homes were all occupied at the time they were burglarized, with residents sleeping inside. Most also had unlocked doors or windows which were used as an entry point. Suspects took cash, cameras, computer equipment and jewelry.
In one case, a suspect entered a downstairs bedroom on 6th Avenue Ocean through an unlocked door. While the two victims were sleeping in bed, the suspect took a zippered purse from a bedside table and removed cash from a wallet inside. The suspect also picked up a pair of shorts with a wallet in the pocket and removed cash from the wallet, took an Ipad, a GPS unit, a watch, a digital camera and other items.
Investigations by Detective Bobby Burkett led to the identification of a possible suspect in the case, 28 year old Michael Crawford of 114th Street Ocean in Marathon. When Crawford was confronted about his involvement, he allowed detectives to search his room and some of the stolen items were recovered. Marijuana was also found in his room, along with a digital scale.
Crawford is being charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft. He was also charged with an outstanding warrant for driving with his license suspended. More arrests and more charges are expected.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to make sure doors and windows are locked overnight or when no one is at home. Although it is tempting to leave doors and windows open now that the weather is cooler, it is simply not safe to do so. Make sure all car doors are locked as well, and valuables are not left in the car when it is unoccupied. Most burglaries to homes and vehicles are easily prevented with just a few safety precautions such as these.