May 3, 2014

Man arrested for burglary, criminal mischief

 A Big Pine Key man was arrested after he entered his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle and house and damaged several items.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at 8:30 p.m. Friday after she returned to her Koehn Avenue home on Big Pine Key to find the damage. She told Deputy Ian Cooper she broke up with 29 year old Drew Sterling earlier that day. She said he moved all of his stuff out, but still had a key to the residence.

She said she left with a friend at 5:15 p.m. When she returned, her Ipad had been taken from her car and smashed under her house. Inside her house, she found her television screen smashed and her makeup dumped out on the floor and thrown around.

While processing the scene, Deputy Cooper found a distinctive shoe print on the smashed TV screen.

Deputy Cooper went to the Avenue D residence where Sterling was staying. As he was speaking with Sterling, he asked to see his shoes. The sandals Sterling was wearing had nautical flags on the sole – the same imprint found on the TV screen. They were also the same size as the print.

Sterling was arrested. He was charged with burglary of a vehicle, burglary of a dwelling, grand theft and two counts of criminal mischief. He was booked into jail.

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