Hernando County has been plagued in recent months by vehicle burglaries, and detectives now believe they know who is responsible.
Anthony Buccellato and Ryan Stone, both 18, have been charged in 22 burglaries, but they are suspected of committing more than 100 since August. Each man is being held in lieu of $210,000 bail.
On Nov. 22, authorities say, Buccellato and Stone, both of whom live west of Brooksville, burglarized a car on Sweet Gum Road, west of Brooksville, then pawned some of the stolen items. A report says the alleged victim later went to the same pawn shop and discovered the property.
After the person contacted authorities, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation and found Buccellato, who detectives say admitted that he and Stone had targeted more than 30 cars near Higate Road in Spring Hill and filled a backpack with electronics.
Both Buccellato and Stone, reports say, have admitted to burglarizing vehicles on several Hernando roads, including: Sun Road, Sweet Gum Road, Adam Road, Pioneer Road, Higate Road, Yorkshire Avenue, Eddington Road, Bromley Avenue, Chamber Court and several streets in the Brookridge community.
Detectives have asked anyone with information on the alleged crimes to call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830.
John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.