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Hernando sheriff says operation nabs burglary suspects in 75 cases

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando sheriff's officials announced Friday that a monthlong effort called "Operation Take Back Our Community'' has resulted in nearly three dozen arrests and the closing of 75 cases.

The initiative from Jan. 3 through Feb. 11 nabbed numerous suspects, including nearly a dozen juveniles, in crimes including residential and vehicle burglaries, dealing in stolen property, grand theft, and auto thefts and defrauding a pawnbroker, according to a sheriff's report.

Investigators identified areas throughout Spring Hill where burglaries and thefts were occurring, then used an undercover street crimes unit, road patrol deputies, a gang detective and others to saturate the targeted areas, the report continues.

On Jan. 18 and 19, the agency's Mobile Command Center set up in the parking lot of Spring Hill Plaza on Spring Hill Drive where investigators could use the center's computers, phones and an interactive map to run the operation.

"The members of our Spring Hill District did a tremendous job in both identifying an upward spike in burglaries and in successfully neutralizing the criminals preying on our citizens," Sheriff Al Nienhuis said in a release. "Seldom in my career have I seen this number of cases closed and arrests made in such a short period of time."

The juveniles were arrested on various charges of burglary and theft charges. Their names are being withheld because of their ages.

The adult suspects include:

• Gregory Lamantia was arrested on a charge of armed burglary of a conveyance, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Lamantia is accused of breaking into a Florida Highway Patrol trooper's vehicle and stealing a shotgun that he later sold.

• Rafael Cintron and a juvenile were arrested on charges of burglary to a dwelling, burglary to a conveyance and petty theft. They are accused of breaking into a home on Fairchild Road; however, they did not take anything. The defendants also are accused of burglarizing a vehicle on Gulfview Drive, Hernando Beach, and stealing a carton of cigarettes.

• Gerald Snyder was arrested on a charge of grand theft auto and is accused of stealing his grandmother's 2006 Kia.

• Anthony Allen is charged with grand theft and is accused of stealing video games from a home on Glenridge Drive, Spring Hill, and then giving them to Michael Allen, who sold them to GameStop at 1875 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Michael Allen was arrested on a charge of dealing in stolen property.

• David Ryals was arrested on a charge of grand theft and is accused of stealing $889 cash from an elderly woman who hired him to do tree work at a home on Trumbull Avenue, Spring Hill.

• Shawn Stark was arrested on five counts of attempted burglary of a conveyance at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

• Michael Fetzer was arrested on a charge of grand theft and is accused of stealing a jacket from Bar Envy on Spring Hill Drive.

• Dillon Radsick and a juvenile were arrested on charges of burglary to a dwelling and accused of stealing items out of a garage on Trollman Street, Spring Hill.

• Sharon McCall was arrested on counts of grant theft, defrauding a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property. McCall is a home health care worker and is accused of stealing jewelry from victims on LaQuinta Court and Albury Avenue, Spring Hill.

• Avery Clemmons was arrested on charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and defrauding a second hand dealer and is accused of stealing jewelry from a home on Blackhawk Trail, Spring Hill.

• Henry Malluck was arrested on a charge of grand theft and accused of stealing $600 from a home on Natoma Street, Spring Hill.

• James Hopkins Jr. was arrested on a charge of grand theft and accused of stealing jewelry from two homes on Maya Court, Spring Hill.

• Kalen Fitzpatrick and a juvenile were arrested on burglary charges and accused of burglarizing homes and vehicles.

• Deangelo McCormick and a juvenile both were arrested on charges of burglary to a dwelling and accused of breaking into a home on Brierdale Drive in Spring Hill and stealing a laptop computer and other miscellaneous items. The defendants also are accused of breaking into a home on Post Court, Spring Hill, and stealing a camera, video camera and other items.

• Mathew Main was arrested on four counts of dealing in stolen property and four counts of defrauding a pawnbroker and is accused of stealing jewelry from family members.

• Jason Collins was arrested on two counts grand theft auto and is accused of stealing a vehicle and driving it to Laval Street, Spring Hill, and stealing a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle.

• Brian Jett and Corwin Risner were arrested on charges of attempted burglary to an occupied conveyance and attempted burglary to a conveyance and are accused of trying to break into a vehicle in a Home Depot parking lot.

• Tyrone Robinson was arrested on a charge of defrauding a pawnbroker and accused of selling stolen GPS units.

• Willard Kuhn was arrested on a charge of grand theft and accused of stealing jewelry from a Spring Hill home.

• Nathan Fisher was arrested on a charge of burglary of a dwelling and is accused of breaking into a home on Tradewinds Lane, Spring Hill.

• Robert Wise Jr. was arrested on four counts of defrauding a pawnbroker, four counts of dealing in stolen property, one count of grand theft and one count of commercial burglary. He is accused of stealing jewelry from a home on Lola Drive, Spring Hill, and of breaking into O'Brien Delzer Insurance on Shoal Line Boulevard and stealing several items.

Hernando sheriff says operation nabs burglary suspects in 75 cases 02/18/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 18, 2011 6:17pm]
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