ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. marshals have arrested a 30-year-old man police say is responsible for a "creep-in style" home burglary and a food market robbery earlier this month.
John Curtis Dukes, 30, of 6160 22nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg, was arrested Thursday in Sanford on charges of burglary and armed robbery.
St. Petersburg detectives had released a home surveillance video from a March 11 burglary of a home in the 6000 block of 22nd Avenue N. The burglar confronted two people inside and threatened them with a broomstick before stealing two flat-screen TVs, a pellet gun and keys to one victim's truck. Police say Dukes left in the truck, which was later found abandoned with stolen property inside.
After the video's release, police were able to identify Dukes and learn he had fled to Sanford, police said. Members of the U.S Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested him.
Additionally, detectives received tips that connected Dukes to a March 12 armed robbery at the Gita Food Market, 1700 Third St. S.