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Charlotte County sheriffs make third arrest in burglary case



The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office on Monday made a third and final arrest on Monday - 15-year-old Tavarious Marquiz Smith - in the burglary of the spring rental home shared by Rays players David Price, Evan Longoria and Reid Brignac.

Here is the release from the Sheriffs Office:

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives Monday arrested the 15 year old boy who was one of three involved in the burglary and grand theft of a Tampa Bay Rays spring training rental home on Mar. 26 in Port Charlotte.
tavar.jpgTavarious Marquiz Smith, 15, 1932 Waltrip Street, North Port, surrendered to detectives around 3 p.m. after his mother brought him to the District-2 office in Port Charlotte. The others arrested last week were Steven Charles Vaughn, 22, 866 Chevy Chase St., Port Charlotte, and David Kimo Rufino, 19, 2770 Beeville Ave., North Port.
Smith was charged with Burglary and Grand Theft, booked into the Charlotte County Jail, and transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice center in Ft. Myers. Vaughn and Rufino were each charged with Armed Burglary, Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property. Rufino remains in custody on $100,000 bond. Vaughn remains in jail on no bond due to multiple prior felony convictions; he has nine bookings with 52 records.

The trio was involved in stealing $60,000 in electronics, watches, jewelry, an AK-47 and cash, while the baseball players were at a spring training game in the nearby Charlotte Sports Park stadium. After the game, Evan Longoria arrived back at their rental home and discovered he and roommates Reid Brignac, and David Price, all had items stolen and contacted CCSO. The lengthy detectives investigation was completed with the arrests of all three in this case.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:15am]


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