Deputies arrested suspects for stealing TVs from resort

Deputies arrested two grand theft suspects on July 24 after they were caught stealing televisions from a local resort.

According to an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office report, since March, there had been an increase in television thefts from vacation rentals in the tourist corridor of West U.S. Highway 192.

During an investigation, detectives with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Tourism Policing Unit identified a possible suspect as Kristopher Aaron Monroe, 30. Detectives initiated a surveillance operation and at about 3 a.m. on July 24, Monroe and Caitlin M. Harter, 22, were observed entering the Wyndham Cypress Palms Resort, 5324 Fairfield Lake Drive, Kissimmee. Monroe burglarized one of the rooms and removed three flat screen televisions, the report stated. He placed the televisions into the trunk of his vehicle with Harter’s help.

As detectives attempted to make the arrest, Monroe intentionally struck several law enforcement vehicles in an aggravated attempt to flee, the report stated. When Monroe couldn’t drive away, he exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was captured and taken into custody with Harter.

Both suspects refused to cooperate with the investigation and were taken to the Osceola County Jail.

Monroe was charged with burglary to unoccupied dwelling, grand theft, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence.

Harter was charged with burglary to unoccupied dwelling and grand theft.

“The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to serving our community, increasing public safety,” Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jacob Ruiz said in a press release.

Anyone with information related to the case or any other similar incidents is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477, where information leading to a felony arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.