Melbourne Man Arrested For Grand Theft Motor Vehicle After Police Locate Two Stolen Motorcycles
By Space Coast Daily // June 23, 2017
Hugh Kelly Arrested
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police have arrested 35-year-old Hugh Kelly, from Melbourne, for grand theft motor vehicle on Thursday.
The suspect was arrested at his house located at 703 Old Oak St.
According to the Melbourne PD investigation, a stolen motorcycle was recovered at the Sunoco after the motorcycle’s owner saw it idling in a parking spot late Wednesday night.
Police say the motorcycle’s ignition switch was damaged which was consistent with how motorcycles are stolen.
After Sunoco provided surveillance footage of the potential suspect, police were able to find a man that fit the detailed description of the suspect running near an area that had received numerous complaints by citizens for illegal drug activity and criminal behavior.
Evidence of recent drug activity was observed on scene by responding units and the officers’ observations of these items resulted in a search warrant. The warrant led to the discovery of 2.4 gm of heroin, 1 AK47 replica, ammunition, several items of drug paraphernalia, and a second stolen motorcycle.
The second stolen motorcycle was missing parts consistent with ‘chop-shop’ style activity, say police.
Authorities continued the investigation with the original patrol officers and led to the discovery that one of the residents, Hugh Kelly, was the same person seen riding the stolen motorcycle at Sunoco.
Police say the suspect went to an extensive effort to conceal his identity by changing his clothes, shaving his beard and cutting a significant portion of his hair.
Kelly has been charged with Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Resisting without Violence, Driving While License Suspended (3 Prior Convictions) and No Motorcycle Endorsement.
Kelly faces two felonies and two misdemeanors.
A narcotics investigation is still ongoing, say police.
The Melbourne Police Department continues to seek out and investigate drug activity within the community.
If you have any information about this or any other cases please call Crime line: 1-800-423-TIPS (8477)
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