Deputies arrest 3 in apartment vehicle burglaries

Deputies suspect a Palm Harbor man and two teenagers of going into at least 26 vehicles at the Bonaventure apartments.

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 7, 2006

PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County sheriff's deputies have arrested an adult and two teenagers on charges they committed a series of vehicle burglaries this week at the Bonaventure apartments.

Detectives suspect the three were responsible for going into at least 26 vehicles at the complex at 2981 Bonaventure Circle, officials said. They entered unlocked vehicles and took wallets, loose change, jewelry and small electronics.

Sheriff's officials gave this account of the investigation:

A resident noticed the dome light of her car was on shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday and saw someone standing near her car. She alerted her husband, who went outside, followed the suspects through the parking lot and watched them enter another vehicle. They ran away when he shouted at them, and his wife called authorities.

Deputies arriving at the complex established a perimeter and Deputy Tony Lorusso and his dog Koda tracked the suspects, finding one near woods on the west side of the apartments. Andrew Duke Jordan, 19, of Palm Harbor was arrested and found to have property taken from several vehicles, officials said.

Jordan faces three counts of burglary and one count each of possession of burglary tools and loitering and prowling, according to jail records. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $70,500 bail Friday.

Burglary detectives later identified and arrested two other suspects, a 17-year-old Palm Harbor boy and a 16-year-old Palm Harbor girl. The Times is withholding their names because of their ages. They were charged with two felony counts of burglary to a conveyance and one misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling.

Officials said other victims can file a report by calling the Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200.

Anyone with information concerning the crime is asked to contact sheriff's Detective Pete Eigo at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.