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Deputies clear 15 burglary cases with two arrests

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies cleared 15 burglary cases after the Community Response Team arrested two Kissimmee residents for stealing from unoccupied homes.

Antonio Torres, 25 and Claudio Fernandez, 25, both from Kissimmee, were arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools, unoccupied burglary to a dwelling, unoccupied burglary to a structure, criminal mischief, grand theft and resisting without violence.

The arrests were a result of an undercover investigation with detectivesfrom the east property crimes unit and east community response team. Since June, they have investigated numerous reports of unoccupied residential burglaries in the Neptune Pointe subdivision, Remington subdivision and Neptune Road/Kings Highway area. The suspects would knock on a door of a residence. If no one answered, they would break in through a door or window and steal electronics and jewelry, Sheriff’s Office reports stated. They would pawn off these stolen items at local pawnshops in Kissimmee.

After east property detectives identified Torres and Fernandez as possible suspects, community response team deputies conducted an undercover investigation on Monday. They followed Torres and Fernandez to a Brookstone Drive home in Kissimmee. After they made entry into an unoccupied residence and walked out with a television, deputies approached them and seized them without incident. Both were taken into custody and cooperated with the investigation, which will result in clearing at least 15 unoccupied burglary cases.