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Dogged chase of burglars leads to four arrests

Deputies have arrested four people in connection with a rash of burglaries in Largo after sheriff's tracking dogs followed a trail of stolen goods to the suspects, officials say.

Eighteen-year-olds Michael Sipos, Bruyni Diaz and Joshua Peace, all of Largo, were arrested Tuesday, as well as a 16-year-old whom the St. Petersburg Times is not naming because of his age.

The men face charges of vehicle and residential burglary.

The investigation began Monday night when deputies were called to 8799 92nd St. in Largo for a report of two men in dark clothing burglarizing a car across the street, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Another resident called to say he had given chase to two men in dark clothing who had burglarized his vehicle.

Cpl. Robert Livernois put his dog Kosmo on the trail. The deputy and his dog tracked the pair for several blocks through a neighborhood near Starkey Road and 94th Avenue.

Near 88th Terrace and 94th Street, Kosmo came across a bag full of stolen property, authorities said.

At that point Deputy Anthony Lorusso and his dog Koda picked up the trail and found a stolen wallet under a vehicle on 94th Street. The deputy and the dog later came across an iPod.

As they went on, the track led through yards and over fences to the back yard of 8946 93rd St., where Sipos and the juvenile were found hiding behind some bushes.

In all, deputies recovered some GPS units, a digital camera, an iPod, and a CD deck along with wallets, cash and loose change.

The 16-year-old faces four counts of vehicle burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools. Sipos faces four counts of vehicle burglary and one count of residential burglary related to a burglary authorities say he committed earlier Monday night. Both admitted to their involvement, the Sheriff's Office said.

The investigation into that residential burglary led to the arrest of a third man, Diaz, 18, who was also arrested and booked into the jail on a count of residential burglary.

Peace was later arrested, and the Sheriff's Office said he took part in the vehicle burglaries and the residential burglary.

Jonathan Abel can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.

Dogged chase of burglars leads to four arrests 07/15/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 21, 2008 5:45pm]
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