ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - In the Indian River Estates neighborhood of St. Lucie County, not much happens. But recently, homes have been targeted by burglars. They were taking jewelry, firearms, electronics and a big jug of money.
In the last two months, at least 20 homes and cars in the area have been burglarized and thieves had a pretty easy time getting in. In almost every case, the home or car was unlocked.
"When we see a rash of burglaries and make arrests the burglars tell us they take the path of least resistance. They go from house to house or car to car to look for easy prey," said Sheriff Ken Mascara.
Last week, a resident confronted a man in her driveway who claimed he was looking for a friend. She took down the tag.
Tuesday night, deputies pulled over that car because the occupants weren't wearing seatbelts. Inside the car were Raymond Andrades and Fabian Lasalle along with some jewelry, pills and two pairs of black gloves.
The pair eventually admitted breaking into several homes. They were pawning the items and trading for drugs at a home in Port St. Lucie. Four people were arrested at that home.
Indian River Estates residents like Jeannie Rubin were surprised to hear of the burglary spree.
"For the majority of the time, someone on our little block is home to look out for someone to see if someone is on the property that shouldn't be there," said Rubin.
If you think you may be a victim in this case, call the Sheriff's Office at (772) 462-7300.
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