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Sunday, Apr 23, 2017

Trio arrested in rash of Wesley Chapel business burglaries

Three people were arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of Wesley Chapel burglaries, authorities said. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported that Sarah Zachman, 31, Jamar Thompson, 28, and Christian Quevedo, 25, have been charged with grand theft and burglarizing several businesses and a local school. Quevedo and Thompson are charged with burglarizing the following businesses: CVS Pharmacy, 30050 County Line Road; Goin' Postal, 27221 State Road 56; Cash For Gold, 32733 Eiland Blvd.; and Reckitt Benckiser, 2148 Ashley Oaks Circle, according to a complaint affidavit. Zachman is accused of burglarizing John Long Middle School on May 20. Deputies said electronics valued at $25,100 were taken from the school.
Thompson and Zachman later sold the cameras to pawnshops in the area, the affidavit stated. The other businesses were all burglarized this month. Quevedo and Thompson are accused of smashing windows and doors to enter the stores and steal televisions, cigarettes, jewelry and lottery scratch-off tickets. Thompson and Quevedo confessed to the burglaries, according to the affidavit. The three are being held at the Land O' Lakes jail. Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said 12 other business burglaries that could be related are being investigated. "We anticipate additional arrests as we continue to investigate this case," he said. Cash For Gold owner Trevor Campbell said one of the accused came into his store before the burglary and asked about putting something on layaway. Campbell now thinks he was surveying the store. He said he thinks they traveled around the area and pawned stolen goods at different stores to avoid raising suspicion. "They probably thought, 'Hey, if we go to different counties, it won't show up in their system," he said. "That didn't work out so well for them." Goin' Postal owner Tom Geng said he found out about the burglary when his alarm company called him. Based on the alarm system's records, he said, the burglars were only inside the store for five minutes and stole $900 worth of lottery tickets. A window broken during the burglary cost Geng $3,000 to replace, he said. astewart@tampatrib.com (813) 371-1859