Sheriff’s detectives are investigating eight vehicle burglaries which took place between Grassy Key and the 77.5 mile marker on Lower Matecumbe Key Monday afternoon.
Vehicles parked at the Dolphin Research Center, the Long Key Bridge and in the vicinity of Robbie’s Marina on Lower Matecumbe Key all had windows smashed out and items taken from inside. Stolen items included cell phones, tablet computers, cameras, cash, credit cards and jewelry.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop at the 90 mile marker on a suspect vehicle they had information might have been involved in the crimes. The vehicle, which had four people inside, fled from the traffic stop. Deputies pursued and one of the vehicle’s tires came off at the 91 mile marker. It turned onto Coconut Row, stopped and all four people inside jumped out and ran.
Two women from the car were found hiding nearby. One male was later found waiting at a nearby bus stop and was arrested for giving deputies a false name. The driver of the car was not found.
Items, including check books and electronic equipment, were found discarded in the same area where the suspects fled. The items were turned over to detectives to determine if they were items stolen during the vehicle burglaries.
The women were not arrested. Investigations into the case continue.