Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a vehicle burglary this morning at Sea Grape Apartments in Marathon.
When Deputies Rosa DiGiovanni and Vincent Torres arrived just after 7 a.m., they found the victim who said she’d parked her car in the parking lot the night before. Her neighbor woke her at 7 a.m. today to tell her there were a bunch of items scattered around her car and it looked like the car had been burglarized. Among the scattered belongings were a single black and white sandal and a single red “Croc” shoe, tools, perfume, red lipstick, tampons and loose change. The victim said the red shoe did not belong to her.
As the deputies were investigating, they saw a woman walk past; she was wearing one red “Croc” shoe and one black and white sandal, both of which matched the ones found at the scene of the burglary. She had red lipstick smeared on her hands and face and she had a small clear purse around her neck; inside were some tampons, a key ring with the victim’s first name on it and a red lipstick, all of which the victim identified as belonging to her. She said they had all been inside a purse in her car.
The woman – identified as 18 year old Jennifer Almeida-Ortiz of Marathon – appeared to be disoriented and has having difficulty standing. She was arrested and charged with burglary and theft and she was booked into jail.