Three Arrested for Attempted Vehicle Burglaries
LABELLE, FL. -- In the early morning hours of August 23, 2009, Hendry County Deputies responded to the area of Green Tree Apartments on South State Road 29 south of LaBelle, to investigate three males attempting to break into vehicles.
It was reported by witnesses that three males had approached three different parked vehicles looking inside the windows and at the equipment in the bed of one of the trucks. Witnesses saw one of the men attempt to open the door of a 1995 Chevy SUV. As the suspects tried to open the door the interior light came on, causing the three men to run and get into a black truck.
Hendry Deputy Rick Shephard and Sgt. Perry Short located the three individuals and questioned them about their presence in the parking lot after 2:00 am. They all three stated they were there to pick up a friend. Dep. Shephard and Sgt. Short later observed inside the vehicle a black ski mask on the front passenger floorboard, two flashlights one located on the front passenger door compartment and one found in the rear passenger seat and a small plastic zip lock bag containing a small amount of white powder which tested positive for cocaine, in the driver door armrest.
Based on information provided by witnesses and the items found inside the vehicle, 20 year old Paulo Arredondo was arrested and charged with Possession of Burglary Tools with intent to use, Loitering and Prowling, and Possession of Cocaine. Arrendondo is being held on a $7,000.00 bond. Both 17 year old Virgilio Leon, and 17 year old Lucio Martinez Carranco (younger brother of Jesus Carranco), were arrested and charged with Possession of Burglary Tools with intent to use, and Loitering and Prowling. Both Carranco and Leon were released to family members.