Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Second suspect arrested in Spring Hill home invasion

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BROOKSVILLE — A 25-year-old man who Hernando County deputies say was involved in a home invasion robbery in Spring Hill was arrested at his home in Pasco County on Thursday.

Authorities believe that Jeff Brehony was the driver of the 1996 Dodge pickup that pulled up to the home of Debra Maxfield at 5012 Bromley Ave. about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Another suspect, Robert Gerald Stack, 28, exited the vehicle and entered the residence wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue gloves, a ski mask and goggles.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Stack pointed a gun at Maxfield and demanded pills. After obtaining a bottle of pills, he and Brehony fled.

Deputies arrived and, after obtaining a vehicle description, began combing the area for the suspects. Stack was located about 25 minutes later and was taken into custody. With the assistance of Pasco County deputies, detectives made contact with Brehony, who agreed to accompany detectives back to Hernando County.

According to the report, Brehony told detectives he drove Stack back to his Spring Hill home and was given five of the pills, plus $15 in gas money. After dropping Stack off, Brehony went back to his job site.

During a search of Stack's residence, detectives located a syringe and pills, believed be the ones stolen, in an attic above his bedroom. A further search yielded a blue backpack that contained a black BB gun, blue cleaning gloves, a black hooded sweatshirt, a T-shirt, a flashlight and a Taser.

Authorities said that upon questioning, Stack admitted to robbing Maxfield and said Brehony helped him plan the robbery. Brehony admitted to knowing of the robbery only after Stack exited the residence. No one was injured in the incident.

Both Stack and Brehony were charged with one count each of home invasion robbery and were being held Friday in the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bail.

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