KISSIMMEE – Three men from Orlando were arrested on Wednesday in Osceola County, after they became the target of an investigation into who was robbing local Target stores.
Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies, working with the Community Response Team West, arrested three men on Wednesday who deputies say were involved in a retail theft ring that operated for at least three months.
Following the arrests, said Twis Lizasuain, the public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, detectives “recovered several thousands in stolen property.”
Ramel Frost, Orrissa Sermon and Sean Davis were charged with being responsible for stealing electronics at nine Target stores in Orange and Osceola counties, in a series of burglaries that date back to last fall.
Frost, 25, 0f 7680 Forest City Road in Orlando, was charged with seven counts of theft and four counts of dealing in stolen property.
Sermon, 23, of the same address, was charged with four counts of theft, while Davis, 24, also of the Forest City Road address,was charged with two counts of theft and one count of simple assault.
Lizasuain said the arrests do not mean the case was been closed.
“ The investigation is on-going, with additional charges pending,” she said.
The first theft happened in late October at the Target Store at 4750 Millennia Plaza Way. The most recent happened just last week at the Target Store located at 120 W. Grant St.
The suspects also stole electronics from the Target Stores at 4795 W. U.S. 193, 718 Maguire Boulevard and 7051 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando.
Retail store crimes have been a problem in this region in recent years. When the Orlando Police Department held its Year in Review 2011 on Dec. 13, Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney noted that while violent crime was down in the city by 7.6 percent, property crimes had risen by 6.4 percent. To combat retail theft, the department even launched a special program called Operation Holiday Cheer, an effort to combat crime within the major shopping areas.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office also broke up a suspected grow house in Poinciana, after getting an anonymous tip about illegal drug activity going on there.
On Dec. 14, Osceola County Investigative Bureau agents raided the two grow houses in Poinciana, making contact with the homeowner at 104 Carlisle Court.
While there, agents found 35 marijuana plants, and arrested Aristides Osorio, 54, and charged him with cultivation of cannabis.
After making the arrest, OCIB agents obtained a search warrant a second Poinciana home, at 341 Chelmsford Court, and found 17 marijuana plants and marijuana.
Nelson Ladino-Rubio, 31, was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana.
The Osceola County Investigative Bureau is a multi-agency task force comprised of Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies, St. Cloud Police Department officers and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents who investigate vice, narcotics and organized crime.
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