PORT ST. LUCIE — An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with two burglaries near his home on Southeast Palm Beach Road, and police are investigating whether he's linked to others in the area, according to affidavits released Friday and Port St. Lucie police .
Leonard Anthony Papania, of the 1200 block of Southeast Palm Beach Road in Port St. Lucie, was arrested late Thursday at his home by Port St. Lucie police.
A neighbor of Papania told police that about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, her dog started barking nonstop, which she thought was unusual. When she went out to her garage around 7 a.m., she discovered she'd left her garage door open and that her golf clubs and bag were missing.
Police ultimately found a set of golf clubs, valued at about $650, at Papania's home. The clubs matched the description of those stolen, and attached to the bag was a tag with the name of the woman who reported them stolen.
Police went to Papania's home after a report of a disturbance between Papania and his uncle.
"The fight stemmed from (the uncle) confronting Papania about stolen property that belonged to the neighbors, which were now in Papania's house," a release states.
The uncle told investigators he saw a white electric guitar and some golf clubs he'd never seen before in Papania's home. He said after noticing the items, he spoke to a neighbor, who said a white electric guitar had been taken from her home during the night.
The woman who reported the guitar stolen said she returned to her home Thursday and found the front door pried open. Along with the guitar, she said jewelry, prescription medication, video games and electronics were stolen.
Police searched Papania's home and an exterior shed, and found a host of items, including more than 100 video games, movies, phone chargers and a white electric guitar.
Papania is suspected of several additional burglaries, police stated.
Police say there have been nine burglaries in the area of Papania's home since Sept. 11, and they are trying to contact the owners of the recovered property.