DAVENPORT – A family in the normally quiet Four Corners area is sleeping peacefully in their home around 1 a.m., when something terrifying happens: two men kick in their front door, intending to rob the house.
Not too long afterwards, the two men return to see the victims once again. The second time was different, though. This time around, the suspects got escorted by deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, who wanted to know if the family could positively identify them as the two men who had kicked in their door.
The residents of the home said yes, and immediately identified both suspects, who were then placed under arrest. The two men are Rickey Teague, 24, of 4122 Cepeda St. in Orlando, who was charged with one count of occupied burglary, and Malccolm Stover, 20, of 6537 Royal Tern St. in Orlando, who also got charged with one count of occupied burglary and one count of violation of probation. Stover’s original charge that landed him on probation was armed occupied burglary.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd credited the arrest to the residents who quickly alerted his office when the crime happened, and then deputies who patrol the Northeast District in Four Corners and made a quick search for the suspects — one that paid off with the men landing in the Polk County Jail in time for breakfast.
“Because of the quick actions and teamwork of our deputies, the residents in the Four Corners area of Polk County can sleep peacefully tonight, knowing that two suspects who are likely responsible for several of these type of ‘kick in’ burglaries are behind bars,” Judd said.
The decision by the two suspects to kick in the front door of a home at Teegarden Way in Davenport set off a hunt by Polk County Sheriff’s patrol and K-9 deputies, assisted by the PCSO helicopter. It worked – the two Orlando men were apprehended just minutes after they committed this occupied burglary.
Carrie Eleazer, the public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, noted in her release on the arrests that it happened at 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when the residents of the Teegarden Way home “were awakened suddenly by the sound of their front door being kicked in.”
The residents jumped up and ran to the door, only to find two strangers barging into their home.
“Upon seeing the residents, the suspects immediately turned and ran back outside, fleeing the scene in a white four-door car with tinted windows,” Eleazer noted. “The victims immediately called the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.”
Several patrol deputies in the area responded to the scene, including a K-9 team and the helicopter, while a BOLO (Be On Lookout) alert was broadcasted over the police radio, describing the car the two men were seen driving away in.
Lieutenant Mike Baldwin, a supervisor assigned to the Northeast District covering Davenport, Haines City, and Four Corners, was the first PCSO member to spot a car matching that vehicle’s description. It was heading west on County Road 54, then north on U.S. 27.
“While deputies on the scene talking to the victims obtained further information about the crime and the suspects, relaying that information to their fellow deputies, Lieutenant Baldwin made a traffic stop on the white car near the Bass Lake subdivision,” Eleazer noted. “Two other deputies and a K-9 team responded to the traffic stop as backup units.” Bass Lake is a residential development on U.S. 27, just a short distance from the Polk/Lake County line and the exit for U.S. 192.
Baldwin pulled over the vehicle and spoke to the driver and passenger inside. He later described the two men as appearing to be “extremely nervous” while being questioned.
“They told the deputies they were nervous because they were ‘lost,’ ” Eleazer noted. “They were both wearing all-black clothing.”
Deputies arranged for the victims to see the suspects, who they immediately identified as the men who had broken into their home. After the suspects were placed under arrest, deputies searched their car, and found inside the trunk two newer model flat-screen televisions, and several pairs of gloves.
“We now have their identities, their fingerprints, their car, and other evidence which will help us solve other crimes — including the televisions which were more than likely stolen from other homes,” Judd said.
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