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2 arrested in string of home burglaries

Two people were arrested this week in connection with nearly 30 residential burglaries committed near Green Acres Street and Grover Cleveland Boulevard.

Stephen Shelhamer, 42, of Pasco County was stopped Monday night in that area because his pickup truck didn't have lights on the license plate, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported. Lisa Ann Wilson, 32, of 4325 S Eber Point, Homosassa, was Shelhamer's passenger.

Deputies saw several containers of items in the gray and red Chevy Silverado, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were on high alert because of the string of burglaries in the area.

Deputies arrested the driver because his license was suspended, a report shows. The passenger was taken to the Sheriff's Office substation in Homosassa area and interviewed about the items.

Later Monday night, victims of two burglaries went to the substation and identified as theirs jewelry found inside a jewelry box belonging to Wilson. She was then arrested, the report showed.

On Tuesday, Shelhamer was arrested in connection with the burglaries. He told deputies Wilson gave him the containers before riding with him.

Tuesday afternoon, officers searched Wilson's Homosassa mobile home and found additional stolen property, records showed. The Sheriff's Office notified authorities in Hernando County that some of the property was stolen from their jurisdiction.

Wilson's 11-year-old daughter told officials she had accompanied her mother on at least one burglary in Hernando County, according to a news release the Citrus County Sheriff's Office issued.

Wilson also was charged Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after police searched a purse in her mobile home.

The burglaries have been reported since October, according to the Sheriff's Office. When winter residents began coming to the area, even more were reported, said Lt. Joe Eckstein.

After searching Wilson's trailer, Shelhamer's truck and another location Eckstein would not identify, authorities recovered many items, including jewelry and tools. It was enough to fill 50 to 70 boxes.

Police are now logging the items and will notify burglary victims.

Late Wednesday, authorities were adding another charge, grand theft auto, against Shelhamer. They said the truck he was driving Monday night was stolen.

_ Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at sgonzalessptimes.com or at 860-7300.

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