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3 men arrested in rash of car break-ins in Dade City

DADE CITY — Three men believed to be involved in a rash of car burglaries were arrested recently, but the Dade City Police Department is warning residents not to let their guard down.

Layton Lee, 50, Johnie Brock, 54, and Clifford Wright, 50, were arrested in separate incidents last week and over the weekend.

Brock and Wright face car burglary charges. Lee was arrested after he allegedly stole a lawn mower, but police said he may also be involved in the car break-ins.

Lee and Wright are at the Land O'Lakes jail. Lee's bail is set at $15,000 and Wright's is $11,050.

Brock, no relation to former Mayor Hutch Brock, was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Saturday on $10,000 bail.

At this time, it does not appear the men worked together.

Since June 1, at least 35 automobiles have been broken into, according to the city Police Department. The thefts have occurred throughout the city and at all times of day.

The thieves have not been selective in the cars they target.

"From Cadillacs to pickup trucks, it doesn't matter," said Capt. David Duff of the Dade City police.

Purses, cameras, guns, credit cards and cash were taken from the cars.

Brock was arrested after he tried to use a stolen credit card at a convenience store, police said.

The Dade City police said others involved in the burglaries may still be on the loose.

In several of the burglaries, car doors were left unlocked or personal items were left in view. Police said residents should stay vigilant, ensure their vehicle doors are locked and keep valuables out of sight.

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (352) 521-6518.

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Anyone with information on the car burglaries should call the Dade City police at (352) 521-1493.

3 men arrested in rash of car break-ins in Dade City 08/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 7, 2008 12:12pm]
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