Palm Bay Citizens Help Police Catch Trio of Burglars In Act
By Space Coast Daily // June 11, 2015
police: victims positively identified the suspects
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Alert citizens, including two victims, helped police stop an overnight burglary spree that ended in the arrests of three suspects, according to Palm Bay Public Information Coordinator Yvonne Martinez.
Suspect Michael Dudley-Palmer, 23, faces charges of loitering and prowling, armed burglary and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Suspect Richard Karsk, 23, faces a charge of loitering and prowling.
A third suspect, a 17-year old female, is facing a misdemeanor charge of loitering and prowling.
Shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, patrol officers responded to the 3200 block of Galleon Avenue, NE after a female reported an attempted armed robbery in a vehicle, according to authorities.
She described the suspects as two males with a silver handgun and a taser.
According to Martinez, while patrol officers were establishing a perimeter to search the area, police dispatchers received another call from a resident on Wildbriar NE, reporting three males with a backpack were attempting to break into vehicles.
When that resident confronted the suspects he reported hearing a gunshot and was unsure if the round was being fired at him, according to Martinez.
During the search for the suspects, officers found a backpack containing the wallet and identification for a man residing on Bianca Drive NE. When officers made contact with the man he confirmed his vehicle was burglarized and his silver handgun with ammunition and a holster was taken.
Officers continued to search the area using a K-9 unit and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office helicopter STAR. STAR observed several subjects on the south side of the canal that runs parallel to Bianca Drive.
According to Martinez, prior to being taken into custody the suspects were seen throwing a backpack into the wooded area.
A short time later K-9 Officer Byron Patrick and his dog Jasper located the backpack nearby. The backpack contained a BB gun and trace amounts of drugs.
The victims positively identified the suspects as being the ones involved in the armed robbery and attempted vehicle burglaries.
“This case is a great example of how our citizens work with us to get a positive outcome,” said Palm Bay Police Commander Tim Zander.
“Quick and thorough response from our patrol units working with the sheriff’s aviation unit and our citizens helped us take three suspects off the streets.”
The investigation is ongoing.
ABOVE MAP: Thursday patrol officers responded to the 3200 block of Galleon Ave., NE after a female reported an attempted armed robbery in a vehicle.