LABELLE, FL. -- The Hendry County Sheriff's Department has made two arrests in connection with a large series of business burglaries in the City of LaBelle. During the past few weeks the Big V Restaurant, Taxi Lobo, Caloosa Belle, Jackson River Furniture Store and the LaBelle Counseling Center have all been burglarized. According to Sheriff Ronnie Lee, both the Road Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division have worked long hours towards solving these crimes and on Wednesday, these efforts paid off.
Two men were arrested and booked into the County Jail charged with committing the burglaries. Bubba Wayne O'Connor, age 33 of 820 Tropicana Street in LaBelle was charged with burglarizing the Big V Restaurant, Taxi Lobo, and the Caloosa Belle. Kevin C. Critean, age 34 of 169 Oklahoma Avenue in LaBelle, was charged with committing the burglaries at the Jackson River Furniture Store and the LaBelle Counseling Center. Bond was set at $27,500 on O'Connor and $42,000 on Critean.