Miami men charged with Siesta Key Beach vehicle burglary, may be linked to others

2:50 PM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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Siesta Key, Florida -- Sarasota deputies say two Miami men arrested for stealing credit cards from a car parked at Siesta Key Beach may be linked to other vehicle burglaries that occurred the same day.

On Tuesday, an Arizona woman reported to police her car had been broken into and two cell phones and two credit cards were stolen. She then called back later to inform deputies her card had been used at a Sarasota Walmart and Best Buy. 

Deputies were able to find surveillance video at the Walmart of Carmelo Curbelo and Rene Sanchez buying an iPad with one of the cards. When they returned a short time later, store personnel called police and gave them a description of the vehicle. The men were pulled over and arrested. 

The woman's stolen items and the items bought with the credit cards were returned. 

The sheriff's office is investigating to see if these two men are connected to two other vehicle burglaries at Siesta Key Beach Tuesday. Detectives also recovered a number of high-end electronics from their car and are working to find where they came from and how they were purchased.

Curbelo, 47, was charged with Burglary of a Vehicle, Grand Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Fleeing to Elude and Driving with a Suspended License. Sanchez, 35, was charged with Burglary of a Vehicle, Grand Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Tampering with Evidence.

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