Melbourne Police Charge Convicted Felon After Four-Burglary Crime Spree
By Space Coast Daily // July 23, 2021
charged with grand theft of a firearm by a convicted felon
Charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, armed burglary to a dwelling, grand theft of a firearm, and possession of a firearm/ammo by a convicted felon
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne police officers arrested serial felon Charles Forest McClellan, 29, after four separate burglaries were reported on July 22.
McClellan was charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, armed burglary to a dwelling, grand theft of a firearm, and possession of a firearm/ammo by a convicted felon.
According to Melbourne Police Officer Nancy Chapman, officers were summoned to the area of Mandy Court for an occupied residential burglary on July 22.
According to Officer Chapman, the victim said he was in a room with the door shut and that he heard some noise and assumed it was his roommate. When he came out, he discovered several items were taken.
“While police were investigating that burglary, a second call was received regarding a male walking through a backyard while carrying a gun and money,” said Officer Chapman.
“A few minutes after that incident, a third occupied burglary call was received in the general area. In that case, the victim was in another area of the home and did not hear the suspect enter through his slider. While inside, the suspect stole several items.”
Officer Chapman said multiple MPD divisions, along with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office STAR and Fugitive Unit, began an area saturation and spoke with numerous people who saw the suspect acting suspiciously but did not call the police.
“Through investigative efforts, officers were able to identify the subject and a possible location,” said Chapman.
“Several officers set up surveillance and eventually spotted the male exiting a residence. When the male was arrested, a debit card from the first burglary was found on his person with the victim’s name.”
Several stolen items were recovered and returned to their owners, however, some items are still outstanding.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-6443. Callers can also call the Crime Line at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).