Friday, April 27, 2018
Public safety

Pawn activity leads Hernando detectives to make arrests in home burglaries

SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill man has been charged in connection with a half-dozen recent residential burglaries, all within a few miles of his home.

Hernando County sheriff's detectives say suspicious pawnshop activity led them to 29-year-old Robert Musselman. A detective researching pawn activity recognized Musselman's name as a defendant in past burglary cases and noted he was primarily pawning women's jewelry. A burglary victim identified some of the jewelry as hers.

By then, Musselman was already in jail on retail theft charges. Detectives visited Musselman's home on Dunlap Avenue, where he lived with his girlfriend, Tamara Connor, who let them search the house and her car.

According to the Sheriff's Office, they found a large amount of jewelry, three flat-screen televisions, three laptop computers, an iPad and iPod, two digital cameras, an Xbox gaming system and numerous other items.

Conner, 26, said the items were not hers and that she saw Musselman bring them into the house. Investigators say the goods link Musselman to burglaries on Evenglow Avenue, Florian Way, Oak Knoll Street, Lema Drive, Lafoy Road and Jocelyn Way.

Musselman was charged with six counts of residential burglary and two counts of dealing in stolen property. He was being held Friday in the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $76,250 bail.

Conner was charged with dealing in stolen property and remained in jail Friday in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Both also face drug possession and trafficking charges, records show.

The investigation continues.

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