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Bay Street burglar caught  

An alert Key West police officer yesterday afternoon picked up Stephen Vasquez, 23, of Key West, who was wanted for several Key West burglaries and other charges.

It all happened Monday, starting at 5:25 a.m. when a Bay Street resident woke up to find a stranger in his apartment with some of the his possessions. When he confronted the burglar, the burglar threw a chair at him and fled. At 5:30 a.m., another neighbor discovered his truck had been broken into and a camera had been stolen. Both victims saw the burglar running from the area and recognized him as a man who had been sleeping in a car parked on their street for the past three weeks.

A little later the same man was connected to an argument and possible shoplifting incident at a nearby convenience store at 5:15 a.m.

The next day Key West Police Detective Brenda Sellers found the stolen camera at a local pawn shop, reportedly pawned by Vasquez. When Sellers returned the camera, the car burglary victim identified Vasquez from a photograph. Sellers swore out an arrest warrant for Vasquez for burglary of a conveyance, dealing in stolen property, violation of the Florida Pawnbroking Act and petit theft. His photo was featured in the briefing room at the police station.

At 2:11 p.m. Wednesday, Key West Police Officer Eric DeFilippo spotted Vasquez at Higgs Beach and arrested him on the warrant. Bond was set at $25,000.



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