July 17, 2014

Key Largo man charged with compressor theft

A Key Largo man was caught on camera stealing a compressor from an Upper Keys business Tuesday.

Deputy E.B. Askins responded to Upper Keys Crane Service Tuesday afternoon and met with the owner who said a Nu Tone HVAC compressor valued at $1,000 had been stolen from the business. He said he discovered the theft after returning from lunch on Tuesday. When he checked his surveillance cameras, they showed two men in a gold Ford Ranger truck taking the compressor.

Deputy Askins received information the truck in the video might be at the Moon Bay condominium complex. He checked with someone who lives there. The resident identified a man named Jason Sergo, 33 years of age, who drives a gold Ford Ranger truck. Sergo is a known scrap metal hauler.

Deputy Askins issued a notice to be on the lookout for the truck and contacted the Homestead Police Department, asking them to check scrap metal yards in their area to see if Sergo had been to one of them with the compressor. A detective with Homestead Police discovered Sergo had, indeed, been to one of the scrap yards and had dropped off the compressor, which had already been destroyed.

Sergo’s truck was stopped in Key Largo  as he was returning to Monroe County by Deputy Jacques Rozek. When Deputy Askins confronted Sergo, Sergo admitted to taking the compressor. He was charged with grand theft and was taken to jail. At the jail, three plastic bags with cocaine residue inside were found in his pockets. He was further charged with introducing contraband into a detention facility.

Investigations are continuing in an attempt to identify the man who assisted Sergo in stealing the compressor.

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