Detectives Arrest Seven-Mile Bridge Car Break-In Suspect

KEY WEST – (CBS4) – In recent months, some visitors who would park in one of the many lots at the seven-mile bridge in the Florida Keys have returned only to find their car has been broken into and their belongings – everything from purses to cameras — swiped.

Now, authorities say they have nabbed a suspected car thief – 68-year-old Omar Rodriguez-Ortiz.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office say they caught him in the act at about noon on Saturday. A surveillance team watched as Rodriguez pulled into a lot pretending to take pictures. Instead, authorities say, he struck soon after a couple left their car and walked onto the bridge. Rodriguez pulled into the parking spot on the passenger side of the couple’s vehicle, broke the passenger side window and swiped a purse from the seat, authorities said.

Detectives immediately stopped and detained him. They were able to recover the purse along with spark plugs, which had been cut in half. Authorities say those spark plugs indicate he may have used them to break car windows.

Rodriguez has been charged with burglary, criminal mischief , possession of burglary tools, and theft. His 1998 Volvo was seized and could potentially be forfeited.

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  1. DOMINGO says:

    IM GLAD HE GOT ARRESTED AND HE SHOULS BE SEND BACK TO CUBA CAUSE THAT WHERE HE CAME FROM IN THE FIRST PLACE I BET ANYTHING WHY SHOULD WE SPEND ALL THAT MONEY TO HAVE HIM IN JAIL SEND HIM BACK WHERE HE CAME FROM AND LET HIM STILL FROM CASTRO

  2. yokolee says:

    Its a good thing he got cut, some people never change…….like Domingo

  3. JC says:

    LOL that is too funny cause it was written so bad!!!

  4. keywasted says:

    Maybe we can send all Italian, German and irish people back to their countries also if they break the law. Domingo, you are an illiterate idiot.

  5. marielita says:

    Domingo, are you sure you did not come in the same raft with Mr. Rodriguez-Ortiz. lol your spelling is horrific. You should not make fun of other people specially spelling like you do biotch!!!

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