Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Trio arrested after East Lake car burglaries

EAST LAKE — Deputies arrested a 37-year-old woman and two teens early Friday in connection with as many as 15 vehicle burglaries overnight in North Pinellas.

The burglaries occurred between about 11 p.m. Thursday and about 3 a.m. Friday, primarily in the Lansbrook and Windmill Pointe subdivisions of East Lake.

A resident saw activity that looked suspicious and called 911.

Deputies responded at 3:44 a.m., and arrested the three on Berwyn Court in Lansbrook, charging them with vehicle burglary and grand theft.

According to deputies, Rikki Thome of Palm Harbor drove a Ford Explorer as an 18-year-old man and his 16-year-old girlfriend, both from Tarpon Springs, walked the neighborhoods.

Deputies say the teenagers targeted only unlocked vehicles, stealing numerous items including electronics, tools and luggage. Then the three people would ride to a new location, deputies say, and start again.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said detectives are investigating whether the trio may have been involved in other vehicle burglaries.

Theresa Blackwell can be reached at or (727) 445-4170.


Lock your cars

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies say the vehicles targeted in North Pinellas car burglaries were left unlocked. They urge residents to lock car doors as one measure for protecting their vehicles and property.

Trio arrested after East Lake car burglaries 01/09/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 5:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pepin daughters to take on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Human Interest

    About seven years ago, Tom Pepin and his four daughters stood at 12,000 feet, overlooking the Colorado Rockies during an outward bound survival training mission.

    From left, Christina Pepin, Lauren Pepin (Tom’s Wife), Cassie Pepin, Allie Pepin, Bella Pepin and Tom Pepin take a break during an outward bound survival training mission in Colorado.
  2. Music, memories, friendships lend energy to 'Senior Prom'


    RIVERVIEW — Mesmerizing music mixed with the mingling of friends to energize and engage a congregation of old souls Thursday (June 22).

    Louise Goff of Brandon does line dances during the annual Senior Prom hosted by Hillsborough County Aging Services at the Regent in Brandon.
  3. Tampa's two 'Olivias' maintain friendship as they vie for Miss Florida


    TAMPA — Olivia Butler, referring to a Biblical passage, assesses her burgeoning friendship with Olivia Fiss as "iron sharpening iron."

    Olivia Butler, left, and Olivia Fiss are two friends who are competing together in the Miss Florida pageant as Miss Tampa and Miss St. Petersburg.
  4. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times