Dade burglars again target Martin: MCSO and other agencies takedown at PC’s Hammock Creek


Palm City’s Hammock Creek takedown of Dade burglars by MCSO (Source: MCSO)

From MCSO: 32- year old Finnie Verlantis and 34-year old Casey Jerry never knew MCSO’s Air 1 was overhead recording their every move as the pair broke into the Hammock Creek Community and burglarized the golf course pro shop.

The thieves had no idea MCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division works closely with the South Florida Burglary Task Force.

The task force alerted MCSO to the fact the burglars may be coming our way.

So we waited in anticipation, and the thieves arrived.

They found out the hard way why MCSO’s 400-squad midnight shift, under the direction of Lieutenant Ruben Romero, is rock solid.

How solid? Within a week, the midnight shift tracked and captured five “out of county” criminals, who tested our tracking, training, intelligence, equipment, and capture abilities.

MCSO K-9 Deputy Justin Albauer, and his K-9 partner, Bingo, conduct a felony traffic stop on the suspects, as the pair tried to leave the community.

Both men were arrested without incident.

They were charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, and criminal mischief with damage of over $1,000.00.

Sheriff William Snyder calls this a flawless takedown, and credits his MCSO team; criminal investigations, road patrol, aviation, and K-9, for their skill, professionalism, and dedication to the community. He also commends the South Florida Burglary Task Force for their great work collecting intelligence and alerting our criminal investigation team.

“Our community should sleep well knowing that we have some of the best trained deputies, technology, and tactical abilities around. We will continue to build strong multi-agency relationships and work together to keep crime out of our county.” said Sheriff William Snyder.

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