Orlando police arrested three young men they said are behind a rash of break-ins in the Baldwin Park area. This time, detectives said they caught the suspects moments after the crooks broke into a house.
Jamal Prince, 20, went before a judge on Thursday. Police said he and two juveniles are responsible for a rash of crimes and attempted break-ins. Police said the most recent incident occurred in the Dover Shores West neighborhood within the 1200 block of Baldwin Drive.
"I'm just happy they found the guys and got everything returned," said Josh Elizondo, who lives in the neighborhood.
The arrests are also welcome news to neighbors such as Tina Aldrich. She said crooks broke into her house two weeks ago.
"The first thing I noticed was the TV was gone," said Aldrich. "I walk into my hallway. All the doors were left open. Stuff was pulled out of the drawers."
Police said they spotted the crooks' car on Watunga Avenue around 2pm on Wednesday. When the officer approached the car, the police report revealed the crooks jumped out and ran. Police caught and arrested them. Officers said they found a stolen gun and stolen property in the car.
"There's been some weird stuff going on in the neighborhood,' said Mark Hendryx. "The other night people were walking around shining flashlights in the windows."
Investigators said the group also attempted a number of other burglaries in the neighborhood. Aldrich said while news of the arrests is positive, it still left her feeling unsettled.
"It's already happened," said Aldrich. "I know it can happen again. It's just scary that people are out there doing this type of thing."
The suspects have been charged with burglary of a dwelling, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit burglary, and grand theft. In addition to those charges, the two juveniles were also charged with resisting arrest without violence.
Orlando police remind residents to be vigilant. Investigators said all of these burglaries occurred during daytime hours, when residents are normally away at work. Police are offering free residential surveys, along with tips and safety information on ways to protect your home. Citizens can contact the Crime Prevention Division at 407-246-2461 to schedule a free survey.