Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

Deputies arrest another suspect in Pasco school burglaries

PORT RICHEY — Deputies have arrested a third suspect in connection with a string of burglaries at Pasco schools.

On Feb. 27, Eric Ricardo Rodriquez and two other suspects broke into a Ridgewood High classroom through the window to steal more than $70,000 worth of computer equipment, a Pasco Sheriff's report states.

Then, the report states, "sometime between late February and early March," he sold one of the school's Apple MacBooks for $200. The buyer later came forward to deputies and identified Rodriquez, 17, in a photo pack.

Alexis Ortiz, a 19-year-old co-defendant in the case, gave up Rodriquez's name in an interview with detectives, the report states. Ortiz was arrested on March 18 and remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday.

Rodriquez was arrested Monday and taken to the Land O'Lakes Juvenile Assessment center on charges of burglary and dealing in stolen property.

Deputies are investigating this case as one of 13 since October at schools including Calusa Elementary, Chasco Elementary and Chasco Middle, netting $172,875 in losses for the school district.

They have also arrested Joshua Jakeem Dennis, 17, in connection with the Ridgewood High burglary.

Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said detectives are looking to make more arrests in the case.

Contact Alex Orlando at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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