SPRING HILL — Hernando County authorities have arrested a third suspect in connection with a rash of air-conditioning thefts that plagued the county earlier this month.
Shane Edward Winn, 24, was charged Thursday with more than a dozen crimes. His bail was set at $119,000.
Over several weeks, someone had broken into dozens of air-conditioning units throughout the county and stolen copper and aluminum tubing.
Two men already had been arrested. Daniel Rogers, 21, and John Terry, 26, were each charged with a dozen counts of grand theft, among other charges.
On Jan. 14, an undercover Hernando sheriff's detective saw Rogers and Terry, wearing masks and gloves, as they approached Penthouse Cleaners on Cortez Boulevard, west of Brooksville, reports say. When the detective walked up to the men and identified himself, they fled.
Soon afterward, another deputy caught Terry. The suspect later identified Rogers as his co-conspirator.
Both men admitted to the crimes, reports say. The suspects told investigators they worked at night and targeted churches, a Veterans of Foreign Wars post, commercial businesses and commercial plazas. They disassembled the air-conditioning units to remove metal components that they later intended to sell.
Winn, of 5044 Sail Boat Lane, Spring Hill, has previously been arrested in Hernando on charges uttering a forged check and petty theft.
Rogers, of 16125 Fort Myers St., south of Brooksville, has little criminal history in the county other than a marijuana charge and numerous traffic citations. Terry, of 1223 Olmes Road, Brooksville, has been arrested several times and charged with an array of crimes. His convictions in recent years include traffic and drug offenses.
John Woodrow Cox can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432.