WHO@ Newsletter - September 5, 2011
Bike tracks led to burglars
Police in Florida said dirty tracks from a pair of motorized bicycles led them from the scene of a burglary to the apartment where they arrested three suspects.
Eustis police said an estimated $3,800 worth of merchandise, including a television, a laptop computer and the motorized bikes, were stolen from the Windhorse Wellness Center about 5:12 a.m. Thursday and police followed the tire tracks about 600 yards to the apartment of former center worker Michael Tyler Assad, 19, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Friday.
Assad was charged with burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.
Two men living in an adjacent apartment, Parker Kenneth Lloyd and Robert Foisy, both 18, were arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft after stolen items were found in their apartment.
Police said Foisy's car was seized when they determined it was used to transport the stolen goods.
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Creepster of the Week: Webcam Hijacker Gets Six-Year Sentence - 09/02/11
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