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String of Overnight Smash and Grabs Leads to Pursuit, Three Suspects Detained

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of overnight commercial burglaries that targeted at least three mobile wireless retailers.

According to sources, around 3:00 a.m. this morning, three suspects smashed through the glass doors of Cricket Wireless, AT&T Wireless, and Verizon Wireless; all of which are located on Cortez Blvd, in the Mariner Square Shopping Plaza.

Deputies located the suspect’s vehicle, a black Camaro, traveling in the area of Cortez Blvd and Nightwalker Road. Sources say spike strips were deployed to disable the vehicle but that information has not been confirmed. Once the vehicle came to a stop all three suspects fled on foot.

Around 9:30 a.m., RNRF received information that three black males were knocking on doors in the Highpoint Subdivision, located just a few miles east of where the suspect vehicle was abandoned. RNRF spoke to the gate guard who said the three men had just walked eastbound towards Mariner Blvd. RNRF utilized the access road that runs parallel to Cortez Blvd, where we soon spotted the trio sitting on a bench at the Weeki Weshee Car Wash. At the same time, several deputies pulled in and made contact with the suspects. While deputies were conducting their interviews, the car wash manager told RNRF that the three men entered the building and were acting extremely nervous, prior to our arrival.

None of the men provided identification to deputies during the investigation, so a supervisor responded with a Rapid I.D. fingerprint reader. Law Enforcement Officers utilize the device in the field, to scan a suspect’s fingerprints, which is then run through AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System).

It is not known at this time if a match was discovered in today’s burglary case; however, moments after running the scan, all three suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning.

A representative with Verizon could not comment on the details of the case; however, he did say that the men were unable to gain entry into the store. The front door and a side window were severely damaged but it did not completely shatter.

Carlos Santiago, owner of Cricket Wireless say the thieves got away with at least $5,000 dollars-worth of merchandise; including, iPhones, iPads, and Galaxy display models.

AT&T store clerk, Sarah Dahns, tells RNRF that she received a call early this morning that a burglary had occurred at her store. Dahns says she doesn’t believe the thieves got away with a lot of merchandise but she was unable to provide an estimate. “We’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do,” says Dahns but she was happy to hear that the suspects may be in custody.

Officials have not released a statement regarding the burglaries but sources say the suspects possibly traveled from the Orlando area, just like the suspects who conducted the organized automotive dealership thefts, several weeks ago.

We will continue to bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • Because that’s the law.
    Break it and you’re no better than they are.

    Saturday, 1 October 2016, 12:14 am
  • Amen to that.
    The deplorable are proving who they are.

    Friday, 30 September 2016, 2:47 pm
  • Gaffs?
    Romney was right about the 47%.
    Obama was right about some who cling to guns and religion.
    Based on these comments, Hillary was right about her basket of deplorables.

    Friday, 30 September 2016, 12:35 pm
  • Spoken like a true Trump fan.
    Make America Great Again…like it was in 1964!

    These 3 were up to no good yes but anyone outside after midnight CAN’T be up to anything good.
    They’ve got “nappy” hair…gotta be bad guys!!
    They can get a job as soon as they get out of prison. Anyone will hire them then…

    Friday, 30 September 2016, 9:49 am
  • Exactly, but they don’t want to know about facts.

    Friday, 30 September 2016, 9:43 am
  • I wonder if the racist posters on here claim to be good Christians? Calling out Crazy B and The Watcher, do you pretend to be good decent people on Sunday and then turn into racist * Holes on Monday? My bet is that you are racist * Holes 7 days a week.

    Friday, 30 September 2016, 7:29 am
    • Wingnut,
      I don’t claim to be good i call it like i see it. So why don’t you tell me out of all the Religions in the US you pick to hit on is Christians? you must be racist to this Religion i mean after all you could have picked another one. so don’t go calling a Racist unless you can document this for fact. Now on to A** holes the last time i checked every human has one 🙂 and has it 7 days a week including you. so now we got this cleared up why don’t you go sit on yours and use it 🙂

      The Watcher

      Friday, 30 September 2016, 10:22 pm
  • I got a damn good samich need a pickle. Oh ya keep it comimg

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 8:41 pm
  • Low life scumbags go get real jobs you lazy mother fu””””

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 8:38 pm
  • All the idiots with your racists comments, why don’t you use your real names and while you’re at it leave an address If you really stand behind your comments then let us know who you are. Thought so…

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 8:21 pm
    • Sounds like you are the idiot. If you want someones address be prepared to pay the price. Many people in these parts exercise their 2nd amedment rights. That was foolish to say!

      Friday, 30 September 2016, 7:25 am
    • Way I want use my real name and address. Because your a** may come rob me ? and this way when your standing in a check out line in the back of your mind your thinking the person behind you may just snap with that being said have a great day ? the watcher

      Friday, 30 September 2016, 8:21 am
  • Hmmm? I wonder where the goods are at? How about the car? Was it stolen? All these businesses have cameras and so does HighPoint. I’m sure someone was coming to pick them up, an accomplice, maybe should have staked them out for a while… that one big guy was going nowhere fast on foot.
    Overall quick work by the patrol deputies.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 8:14 pm
  • I found it funny that in one of the photos it showed a guy talking on a cell phone. Wonder where t came from? :))

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 7:15 pm
  • Well well you 3 black men maybe you will learn your lesson after this.
    so here is a few things to think about while you Nappy A** is behind bars.

    1. Get out of your Nappy Head that everyone owes you something they don’t.

    2. Clean your A** up put down that dam boom box.

    3. Get your Nappy A** out and get a job like a real person.

    4. Hell if your don’t want a Full time Job at least get off your A** and do some GOOD!

    5. And Just remember this one the next time your working your job you made up with the hours of 12:00 AM – 3:00 AM
    6. it could have ended for you like this Mississippi 1964 your A** could have landed in a Marsh and not a air-conditioned jail cell.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 7:07 pm
    • Wow…very hateful statement. Would they have ended up in the marsh simply because they’re Black? I thought everyone has a right to a fair trial!

      Friday, 30 September 2016, 10:05 am
      • Who needs a trial if your caught in the Act ?

        Friday, 30 September 2016, 11:32 pm
  • Black people actually make up 12 percent of the American population but make up 35 percent of the prison population. That adds up to 2.2 million blacks in prison. Black people are the only people who get street cred for going to jail. It’s like a badge of honor. Makes no sense to me but it is a fact.Look it up.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 6:09 pm
  • wait wait before we judge we need to hear from their family and friends..

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 5:32 pm
  • Ok color omitted, just shoot these three pieces of ****

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 4:52 pm
  • Our……

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 4:46 pm
  • Get a job losers! Curious to know if these criminal dirtbags get welfare, food stamps , free medical while the rest of us bust out A*ses! Working hard! TRUMP16!!!!!

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 4:45 pm
    • Maybe you should go to DCF and watch the majority that goes inside. Blacks does not equal welfare!!!

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 6:45 pm
    • Busting out A*ses John? Seems you would be a little more accepting given your lifestyle choices!

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 7:56 pm
  • I don’t think you did it much better. LOL

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 4:43 pm
  • Say what you want! Fact is you see 3 Brothers from the Hood at that time of Morning in this Neck of the Woods Then something Bad is Going to Happen. Call it what you Want! Thank you HCSO./ NEXT

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 4:39 pm
  • Tom. Weeki washee is spelled wrong.. u have it as weshee..

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 4:06 pm
    • It’s spelled Weeki Wachee

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 7:31 pm
      • No,, the carwash name is Weeki Washee carwash.. Look it up on google or Facebook. Or drive on 50 next to CC’s pizza,,, next to high point

        Friday, 30 September 2016, 6:09 pm
  • Why the heck does “color” always have to come up? If you are stupid and do stupid stuff, you get caught. I am tired of people always bringing in color. It is good or bad people. Maybe even not to smart people doing something. Get color out of it and talk about how said people are in real life.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 4:02 pm
    • Great post.

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 7:13 pm
  • Amen

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 3:34 pm
  • Source?

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 3:12 pm
  • I’ll remember that when I go past the black church on Sunday morning.

    I really can’t believe these comments.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 3:11 pm
  • They don’t want to hear facts but thank you for stating them anyway. At least it’s nice to know that someone in this county has a bit of common sense and isn’t just another racist a**hole.

    Also, by the way, you don’t go to a store to get one of the “free phones”. Everything is completed either via the internet or telephone. Just more of those pesky useless facts…

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 3:09 pm
  • Great job y the HCSO. Well done.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 3:07 pm
  • You must be a pretty sad, lonely, selfish person if you can feel that way about another human being.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:24 pm
  • In case anyone cares, it was George W Bush who started the free cell phone program. I know many of you don’t care to hear facts, and there is a male presidential candidate catering to your hate and ignorance. Myself? I will vote for the adult.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:07 pm
    • Well said.

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 3:05 pm
  • Next time you see 3 black men Together call 9-1-1 there’s obviously something wrong being committed.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:55 pm
  • As for these three, job well done.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:33 pm
  • I’ve never seen so many racist comments on my life. As for your statistics, they’re 100% BS, especially in this county.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:32 pm
  • Here’s the real truth, like it or not… regardless of skin color, all lives DON”T matter. There are many people in this world, in this country, and in this town that their lives really dont matter. They could vanish into thin air and we’d all be better off. These three fit that category… they just happen to be black.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:24 pm
    • You hit the nail squarely on the head. Bravo

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:13 pm
  • Omg! This morning my daughter told me she seen 3 black young men walking down Nightwalker (where we live) while out with the dogs. She wanted me to keep an eye out as the kids cross the street to neighbors to catch bus. The kids told the neighbor to watch out for them also. And here they are caught, thank you HERNANDO COUNTY SHERIFFS for getting this riff raff off the streets.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:18 pm
  • And then they bro’s scream and yell BLACK LIVES MATTER when they get shot in the process. Stupid welfare thugs. GET A REAL LIFE. GET A FRICKIN JOB you lazy Obama bred ingrates. Use your one free call to call Hillary. I hear she’s still ‘gettin’ people off’ and she’s still needin’ votes! Keep your damn crimes in your own damn backyard losers…

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:11 pm
  • And this is why race issues always occur. No it is not 98% of the time a black man. That was a very racist remark and very uncalled for. There are plenty of little white thugs out there as well.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:57 pm
  • Not related to this story, I know:
    If the news reported when police shoot non-blacks,, maybe it would put black lives matter into perspective. Why aren’t white/Hispanic people standing up for themselves?

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:52 pm
    • Because they got too much class, and self respect

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:15 pm
    • It is called the KKK…considered a hate group and burned mostly crosses instead of neighborhoods..

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:19 pm
      • Speaking of the KKK, its sad how it is a liberal invention. Not to mention a former grand wizard (jim byrd) is one of hillarys greatest mentors (her words)

        Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:21 pm
        • Are you on Drugs or what?

          Thursday, 29 September 2016, 3:04 pm
          • Facts are facts, even if you choose to be ignorant.

            Thursday, 29 September 2016, 10:00 pm
        • Hey IDIOT look up the history of the KKK and you will discover they are far from being a Liberal group.

          Friday, 30 September 2016, 12:26 pm
  • AAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY,, lol By hand carwash 🙂

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:49 pm
  • Since our police are under such scrutiny,prosecutors and judges need to step up their game.Put more starch in the sentencing of these lowlifes. Sick of the filthy criminal bullies and their ilk holding decent people and their cities hostage.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:49 pm
  • Let me guess….they were set up by the sheriff’s office and they are innocent, upstanding young men in the community.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:47 pm

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:39 pm
    • Love your comment.

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:11 pm
  • What the hell is wrong with people. Get a job. I bet you are still wondering why the black race has a bad name. 90% of crimes and robberies are committed by the black race. I bet if the owner was there and shot and killed them, we would have a Black Lives Matter rally happening out front. This is so stupid. Get a job and teach your kids to be positive members of society instead of thinking the gang banging robbery life is ok. Smh

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:31 pm
    • If 90% is blacks then why are there more whites in our jails.

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:51 pm
    • Tell your WHITE needle junkoes to do tje same!!!!

      Friday, 30 September 2016, 7:03 pm
  • 98% of the time its a black man committing crimes.

    Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:15 pm
    • really? how helpful. not…but honestly look at all the hcso mugshots or stories on here. no reason to play that card. more white break the law here than anything. and im white but tbats besides the point. throwing around fake percentages or stats just makes you seem silly. atleast they didn’t run over a baby like that guy whose going to get away with it. hmmm. victimless crimes but crimes none the less.

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:39 pm
      • Blacks are only 13% of the population but commit 52.4% of all murders.

        Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:20 pm
    • Harry – A quick review of the HSCO arrest mug shots shows otherwise.

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 1:05 pm
    • Just a comment to start a race bait. Look up inmates in our county jail. Our jails are populated by more whites than blacks. This is what’s wrong with our society, racist ignorant comments. God help you if you are ever in trouble and they send a black officer to assist you. I would hope he would get right back in his car and let you deal with your own problems.

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:49 pm
    • I find the mugshots are mostly rednecks who always seem to get arrested with no shirt on and a dumb ass look on their face.

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 3:49 pm
    • And where did you get that statistic?

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 6:55 pm
    • Your comment is what’s wrong with this country. Racist ahole!

      Thursday, 29 September 2016, 8:44 pm
    • That’s pure hate and ignorance!!! How many “Black” meth heads,needle junkies do You see out here committing the Same kind of,if not Worse crimes!!!!

      Friday, 30 September 2016, 7:02 pm

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