It was reported to police on Tuesday that several musical instruments woth a total of more than $6,600 were missing from Sanford Middle School, 1700 S. French Ave. According to reports, the items were discovered missing during inventory on May 11, but school officials waited to report the incident until they were sure the instruments were not just misplaced. The missing items included a desktop computer, with an estimated value of $850, tuba ($2,000), oboe ($1,800), French horn ($1,800) and piccolo ($1,150).
Jewelry, with an estimated worth of $1,230, was taken from a home on the 1200 block of Tinley Terrace. The burglary, which was reported Monday but occurred sometime during the summer, included eight sterling silver chains, valued at $320, two amethyst gold rings ($200) and other assorted jewelry. Police are continuing their investigation.
A man walked into the Public Safety Building Monday to report that someone had removed a gun from his vehicle. The weapon, valued at $250, was described as a Smith & Wesson .380 automatic.
A white, long-haired Maltese dog, valued at $1,500, was reported stolen Monday from a yard on the 1800 block of West 4th Street. The victim is described as 22 pounds and 6 years old, with a distinct “burn” mark on his groin area.
Police arrested a 52-year-old Sanford man for the attempted theft of more than $6,000 worth of materials from an auto body center at 25th Street and Bay Avenue. At about 5 a.m. Wednesday, police were tipped off that someone had jumped a fence at G.M. Auto Repair. Police then observed a man climb over the fence and exit the property with tools in his hands. When police tried to apprehend the suspect, he took off running, reports said. Eventually, with the help of a Taser, police were able to secure the suspect. Police also located a number of items outside of the compound, which apparently were removed by the suspect, including three high-powered wrenches, valued at $1,600, two air ratchets ($750), and a variety of other tools. Reinaldo Robles-Giboyeaux was charged with several counts of burglary, damage to property and resisting an officer without violence. It was also revealed that Robles-Giboyeaux had an active warrant out of Seminole County on a conviction for resisting an officer.
Robbers use gun to steal $10
Sanford police and Seminole County deputies in connection with an armed robbery Tuesday night at the Cedar Creek Apartments, where the suspects live, according to reports. Police were called to apartment complex at about 10 a.m. when a man was robbed of $10 in the parking lot by two men. According to the victim, one of the robbers put a handgun to his head and demanded money. Jamal Jones, 18, and Kentez Armstrong, 19, were charged with robbery with a firearm. Police could not locate the weapon.
Police arrested a 21-year-old Sanford man for possession of cocaine. After seeing a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Slumberland Motel, 2711 Orlando Dr., police observed the driver without a seat belt and the vehicle not come to a complete stop while exiting the motel parking lot. After stopping the vehicle, police searched the driver and found a small pill container with rock cocaine. Darrell Ross Jr. was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The Sanford Thrift Store, 2519 S. Palmetto Ave., was victimized by burglars, who escaped with $2,600 in merchandise. The owner reported on Tuesday that someone had entered his store and removed the following items: 75 to 100 watches, valued at $1,500, a flat screen TV ($250), PlayStation console and video games ($300), miscellaneous jewelry ($300), stereo ($75) and other stuff. Police are continuing their investigation.
Television crime story
Intruders made off with a 46-inch television, valued at $700, from a home on the 1100 block of West 8th Street. Police said the burglary took place sometime Tuesday, with the offenders entering through the sliding glass door.