Car Burglaries, Credit Card Thefts Continue At Siesta Beach

Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged two Miami men Tuesday in the latest rash of car burglaries and credit card theft.

Siesta Key Beach is facing another round of vehicle burglaries where suspects are stealing credit cards and racking up charges on them, but this time two suspects were caught.

Two Miami men were charged Tuesday for vehicle burglaries and grand theft for breaking into an Arizona woman's car at the beach and going to Best Buy an Walmart buying high-end electronics, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Carmelo Curbelo, 46, of 1502 SW 142 Ave., Miami and Rene Sanchez, 35, of 2801 77th Court SW, Miami, are charged with vehicle burglary, grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, according to the sheriff's office. Sanchez faces tampering with evidence charges after deputies witnessed him throwing out items purchased with the credit cards during a police pursuit, according to the sheriff's office.

Curbelo was also charged with fleeing to elude and driving with a suspended license, according to the sheriff's office. Curbelo was also on federal probation at the time.

The woman reported after 3 p.m. to deputies that her car was broken into and two iPhones and two credit cards were missing, according to the probable cause affidavit.

After checking with her credit card companies, she discovered that one of the cards were already used at the Osprey Walmart Supercenter and a Sarasota Best Buy, according to the affidavit.

Walmart's loss prevention provided deputies the receipt and video of the suspects purchasing a $600 iPad, and the suspects returned to the store a short time later, according to the sheriff's office.

When the loss prevention employee spotted the men, they called 911 to inform deputies they had left, providing a description of the car, the tag number and where the car was heading, according to the affidavit.

Deputies found the car, during the pursuit, a deputy witnessed Sanchez throwing out receipts and some of the items from the car, according to the affidavit.

Inside the car, deputies found the victim's phones, credit cards, as well as thousands of dollars worth of high-end clothing plus items purchased from Best Buy, according to the affidavit. 

During Monday alone, three vehicle burglaries were reported at Siesta Key Beach, and detectives are determining if the duo were responsible for those burglaries, according to the sheriff's office, in addition to figure out where the high-end electronics in the car came from.

During the summer, car burglars had an Immediately following the burglaries, victims credit cards were used at area stores and malls.

The sheriff's office released footage of a tag team in August working together for those cases, and the Sarasota Police Department have also released photos of that same team.

Detectives are seeing if there is any connection to other suspects or cases. The investigation continues, according to the sheriff's office.


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