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Suspect in Tampa cigar shop burglary arrested

TAMPA — Police have arrested a suspect in Friday's burglary of Gaspar's Cigar Shop.

Based on fingerprints and surveillance video from the store, at 3675 S West Shore Blvd., police arrested Jeremia Martinez Cotto, 18, of 7504 W Henry Ave., on burglary charges Tuesday.

Police say Cotto and an accomplice took a plasma television, bottles of liquor and more than a thousand high-end cigars, some of which sold for $35 each.

When police showed up at Cotto's home about 5:45 p.m., he tried to drive away, but officers blocked him in and he was arrested without incident, police said.

He admitted to the burglary and said he threw some of the stolen property along Spruce Street and Eisenhower Boulevard, police said.

Cotto had a cigar and a humidor in his room, police said.

A second suspect is still at large.

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Suspect in Tampa cigar shop burglary arrested 07/08/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 4:06pm]
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