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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]
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