Cocoa Police, Detectives Take Down Suspect For Burglary and Grand Theft
By Space Coast Daily // May 28, 2016
38-Year-Old Kelvin Styles
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa detectives arrested a 38-year-old man for burglary and grand theft Friday and he may also face additional charges of exploitation of a disabled adult, according to Cocoa Police Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez.
Kelvin Styles, 38, is being held under $17,000 bond for the charges and is already in jail for unrelated charges when detectives made the arrest.
According to Martinez, on May 20, the victim and his mother came forward to report the burglary and provided details regarding the suspect.
The victim’s mother stated the suspect attempted to befriend her son who is autistic.
The victim was participating in the “Abilities” program and was living in an apartment in the 1500 block of Clearlake Road where the suspect also resided with a female who lived in the unit below the victim.
According to the victim, Styles made numerous attempts to move in to the victim’s apartment, but the victim refused.
On May 17 the victim was home alone when the suspect entered by prying the door lock open with a credit card.
After the victim confronted the suspect he continued to enter the apartment, went into the kitchen and began to cook some of the victim’s food.
The suspect then told the victim a female was waiting for him at the front door. When the victim went to check he realized it was a distraction as the suspect had filled up a plastic Walmart bag and stuffed other items in his pockets and left.
“Some of the items stolen had more emotional and sentimental value than anything,” said Detective Ben Erskine.
“The suspect stole the victim’s Special Olympics trophies and exploited the victim’s disability.”
The victim realized he was missing personal property including an Ipad, iWatch and several unopened clothing items including underwear.
When the victim told his mother what happened she advised him to stay with her for a few days until they could install a security alarm at his apartment. When the victim returned to the apartment he realized he was burglarized a second time.
A 55” television was taken along with a video gaming system and other items, according to detectives.
Further investigation yielded a receipt for some of the stolen items which was cross checked at Walmart showing some of the items had been returned for a refund.
A review of the surveillance footage from the date and time of the refund exchange clearly showed the suspect Styles requesting the transaction.
ABOVE MAP: The victim was participating in the “Abilities” program and was living in an apartment in the 1500 block of Clearlake Road where the suspect also resided with a female who lived in the unit below the victim.