Armed burglary suspects, Dunkin' Donuts shooter arrested

4:23 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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New Port Richey, Florida -- Over the weekend, New Port Richey Police say they tracked down the man wanted for the double shooting at a local Dunkin' Donuts, along with four others who are part of an armed burglary ring.

Police arrested 19-year-old Robert William Bisplinghoff at a motel in Palm Harbor Friday. They say Bisplinghoff shot two men at close range during an altercation at the Dunkin' Donuts at Gulf Drive and U.S. 19 N. on Dec. 20.

He is currently being charged with two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.

Detectives say he is a close associate of the four burglars also arrested over the weekend for their role in an armed burglary ring, but has not yet been linked to those crimes.

The four men, which included one juvenile, have been suspected of being responsible for several residential burglaries over the past several weeks.

In all, 11 firearms from two homes were stolen. Eight have been recovered from several different locations throughout New Port Richey which range from a .38 caliber, .9mm, .40 caliber and .45 caliber. Property ranging from jewelry and electronics have also been recovered and the investigation is still ongoing.

Detectives are working to return the recovered property to the original owners.

The names of the three men and their charges are listed below:

Anthony Kyle Vaughn, 20

  • Armed Burglary
  • False ID to Law Enforcement Officer
  • Felony Violation of Probation

Gregory Stephens Kuplerski, 20

  • 3 counts Armed Burglary
  • 2 counts Dealing in Stolen Property
  • Pasco County Sheriff's Office placed Burglary charges as well

Steven Daniel Lacey, 23

  • Dealing in Stolen Property

Vaughn, Kuplerski, Lacey are currently being held in the Land O' Lakes Jail. The juvenile, who was charged with dealing in stolen property and accessory after the fact, was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Anyone having information on these suspects and their activities are encouraged to contact NPR PD Detective G. Williams or Detective C. Mellecker at 727-841-4552.

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