Sheriff’s Agents, Beach Cops Combine To Nail Thieves

By  //  July 3, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Melbourne Beach Police Department closed 13 vehicle burglaries with the arrest of 27-year-old Paul Edward Crouse and 27-year-old Brian R. Dilts, both of Indian Harbour Beach, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office and the Melbourne Beach Police Department closed 13 vehicle burglaries with the arrest of 27-year-old Paul Edward Crouse and 27-year-old Brian R. Dilts, both of Indian Harbor Beach, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. (BCSO images)

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Melbourne Beach Police Department closed 13 vehicle burglaries with the arrest of 27-year-old Paul Edward Crouse and 27-year-old Brian R. Dilts, both of Indian Harbour Beach, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. (BCSO images)

The Sheriff’s Office charged Crouse with 10 counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary, and he is being held on a $55,000 bond. Dilts was charged with attempted burglary and an unrelated active warrant, and is being held on a $6,000 bond.

Detectives with the Melbourne Beach Police Department have charged both Crouse and Dilts in connection with three burglaries in their jurisdiction.

VICTIM ALERTS LAW ENFORCEMENT

Earlier today the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office responded to an emergency call where a victim advised they observed suspects running from their property.

A vehicle description was provided, which resulted in Sergeant Matthew Smith of the Melbourne Beach Police Department locating the vehicle on Oak Street.

A vehicle description was provided, which resulted in Sergeant Matthew Smith of the Melbourne Beach Police Department locating the vehicle on Oak Street.

A vehicle description was provided, which resulted in Sergeant Matthew Smith of the Melbourne Beach Police Department locating the vehicle on Oak Street. The vehicle was stopped and it was discovered that the occupants had just committed several other vehicle burglaries.

Agents with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office South Precinct General Crimes Unit investigated and charged the suspects in connection with 10 vehicle burglaries from the unincorporated south beach residential communities.

The Indialantic Police Department has also experienced several burglaries in their jurisdiction. Their investigations are still active.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

“I am very proud of the teamwork demonstrated between our citizens, the Melbourne Beach Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “When the community and law enforcement work together to solve crimes, criminals go to jail.”

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous.

The burglaries in the unincorporated areas are being investigated by Agent Chris Neel, who can be reached at 321-253-6683. The burglaries in the Town of Melbourne Beach are being investigated by Detective Melanie Griswold, who can be reached at 321-723-4343.


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