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Six arrested in monthslong spree of auto burglaries

LUTZ – Six people were arrested Monday, authorities say, in the midst of a months-long auto burglary spree.

The first was Sept. 8, reports show. And all of the burglaries play out the same way: Thelma Erevia, 37, Keith Taylor, 26, and Jorane Desilus, 18, staked out parking lots at recreation centers, gyms and elementary schools in Wesley Chapel and Land O'Lakes, where they broke out cars' passenger-side windows and stole what was inside, Pasco County Sheriff's reports state.

In one car, the reports state, they found a duffel bag and a driver license, another bore a Louis Vuitton purse and other cars carried credit cards. Erevia took some of the cards and charged $531.71 and $365.51 to them at two different Target stores, the reports state.

After witness reports, Tampa police officers found the suspects in the parking lot of an L.A. Fitness Center in Land O'Lakes on Monday, where they were crammed in a car seen at other auto burglary scenes in the area, reports state. Also in the car were Christopher Oneil Pierre, 23, Dwight Higgins Jr., 18, and another woman, reports state.

All were arrested on auto burglary and theft charges. Erevia was booked in the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes. The others were booked in Hillsborough County jail.

Times staff

Six arrested in monthslong spree of auto burglaries 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 8:21pm]
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