Thursday, February 25, 2010

Neighbor Helps Deputies Make Burglary Arrest

Deputies, helped by an observant neighbor, arrested a 56-year-old man Wednesday and charged him with breaking into a Naples Park residence and stealing drums and a bicycle.

Roberto Rodriguez, 694 97th Ave. N., Unit B, was charged with burglary and grand theft.

Arrest reports say the victim told deputies that someone broke into her house in the 700 block of 96th Avenue North on Wednesday and stole her new drum set and her roommate’s purple bike.

The victim told deputies that earlier in the day she had placed several unwanted items outside by the curb. A man who she did not know approached her and asked if he could take the items by the curb and she said yes, reports said.

The victim told deputies that the man was bald and wearing a white T-shirt, reports said.

Information provided by an alert neighbor helped deputies link the burglary to Rodriguez, investigators said.

The neighbor told deputies that she saw a bald man wearing a white T-shirt and jeans stop by the victim’s house and take items off the curb. The man returned later and knocked on several doors of the victim’s house, leaving a short time later with a drum set, reports said.

The neighbor observed the man walk between several houses on 97th Avenue North, carrying the drum set. He returned to the victim’s house a short time later and left with a purple bike, heading in the same direction, reports said.

Deputies located Rodriguez at his residence on 97th Avenue North. Rodriguez invited deputies inside, where they immediately noticed a drum set near the door. Further investigation led deputies to a purple bike in a storage shed, reports said.

Both victims identified the drum set and bike as the items that were stolen from them, reports said.