KISSIMMEE – The popular shopping plaza The Loop could be a safer place to park your car this weekend, now that the Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two suspects believed to be responsible for at least 12 auto burglaries in Orange and Osceola counties.
Arrested this week were Juliette Finzi, 24, of 5345 NW 70th Ave. in Lauderhill, and Jimmy Bove, 24, of 2435 Vanburen in Hollywood. When they got arrested, deputies said, there was more than $10,000 in stolen merchandise in their vehicle – not to mention a decent amount of marijuana, too.
The two suspects were booked into the Osceola County Jail on Thursday. Finzi was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges filed against Bove are lengthier, and include possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving a false name to a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, driving with a suspended license, and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.
Because the sheriff’s office is still investigating complaints about car burglaries in the region, “The investigation is on-going, with additional charges pending,” said Twis Lizasuain, public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
The Loop is an open air shopping mall at the northwest corner of John Young Parkway and the Osceola parkway. It is a 440,000 square-foot outdoor retail center featuring shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, anchored by Regal Cinema, Sports Authority, Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s.
It has free parking, though as the sheriff’s office noted, it helps when criminals are not targeting the cars there.
On Thursday, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies, working with the Community Response Team East, began patrolling the mall following complaints about car burglaries there.
While patrolling the parking lot, deputies noticed Finzi and Bove in a vehicle that matched the description of a car involved in previous auto burglaries. But when deputies tried to pull them over, Bove attempted to outrace them, Lizasuain said.
“Deputies followed the suspects and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Florida Turnpike when the car fled the area,” she noted in her report on the case. “Deputies were able to stop the vehicle on Kissimmee Park Road and take Finzi and Bove into custody.”
During a search of the car, deputies found $11,000 worth of stolen property inside, as well as marijuana.
“Further investigation revealed the stolen property was linked to at least 12 car burglaries that occurred at a theme park and were previously reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office,” Lizasuain said.
Among the items that detectives recovered were luggage and electronic equipment, she said.
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