Two suspected pillow case burglars in custody, Martin County Sheriff's Office says

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HOBE SOUND, Fla. - Martin County Sheriff's Office detectives are questioning two suspected pillowcase burglary suspects after a foot pursuit in Hobe Sound.

According to Sgt. Bruce Pinkman, deputies received a call at 11:38 a.m. on Lexington Avenue for an alleged theft.

Pinkman said someone startled two men, and they ran-- one in a van, one on foot near the Poinciana Gardens subdivision. He said the suspects dumped two pillowcases, and detectives have them as evidence.

"We did send out reverse 9-1-1 calls to the Poinciana Gardens residents, to alert them to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity," said Pinkman. "If anybody sees anyone that looks out of the ordinary, contact the Sheriff's Office."

Pinkman could not name the suspects, but he said they appeared to be between 18 and 25 years old. Pinkman said he is not sure if this is part of a larger ring, but he said it was possible.

Deputies say that since 2011 there have been almost 100 break-ins in Martin County.

The sheriff's office said the thieves usually rent cars in Miami-Dade or Broward counties, tint their windows and drive to the Treasure Coast.

Martin County Sheriff William Synder told in March that, "They're kicking doors and shattering out glass. They go right into the house. They're looking for small valuables. Guns. Jewelry. Cash. Rare coins. Anything they can gather up and put in a pillow case."




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