Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Two Arrests In Hendry's Montura Burglaries

Two Men Caught In Burglary

CLEWISTON, FL. -- On October 18, 2009, deputies with the Hendry County Sheriff's Office responded to 208 Pine Lane, in Montura Ranch Estates, a rural community west of Clewiston, after receiving a report of a burglary in progress. Once deputies arrived they made contact with two men, 24 year old Ralph Herbert Landrum (photo left) and 21 year old Ben Milton Wilson who were repairing a flat tire on a silver truck they were driving.

Deputies were told by Landrum that the owner, his stepfather, had given him permission to be on the property. Based on the complaint received from a witness, deputies contacted the property owner, William Burkett, who did tell deputies that he had not given anyone, including his stepson, permission to be on his property nor had he given them permission to remove any property.

Deputies walked around the rear of the home and found the rear window open with the screen torn off and a green plastic chair next to the window. The suspects, Ralph Herbert Landrum and Ben Milton Wilson were then taken into custody and placed under arrest.

Deputies found, located inside the silver truck that was being driven by Landrum and Wilson, miscellaneous items that had been removed from the home, to include prescription medication that was later returned to its owner. It was further found that a tire and rim that the suspects were going to use to replace their flat tire belonged to a neighbor. The suspects had taken it from the porch area of the neighbor�s home and it was also returned to its owner.

Landrum, a convicted felon, and Wilson were arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief, Unoccupied Dwelling Unarmed, Trespassing in a Structure or Conveyance, Larceny, Synthetic Narcotic Possession, and Drug Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription.

Landrum is currently being held in the Hendry County jail on $16,000.00 bond and Wilson is being held on $11,500.00 bond.


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