Arrest Made In $400K Jewelry Store Burglary; Five Arrested For Other Burglaries

November 18, 2014

Pensacola Police have arrested six people in connection with four burglaries in the past week, including a $400,000 jewelry store burglary and a Cantonment man for a vehicle burglary.

On Friday, Lazaro R. Mesa, 24, of Miami was arrested by Detectives Chad Willhite and Lisa Alverson after their investigation into the October 5 burglary of Pensacola Jewelers, 7201 N. Ninth Ave. Willhite and Alverson drove to Miami last week where they interviewed and arrested Mesa. He was charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

Mesa and another burglar broke into Pensacola Jewelers after hours and stole more than $400,000 worth of jewelry, gemstones and watches. A warrant has been issued for the second suspect.

The other recent burglary arrests were:

Demontrae Allen, 18, of Cantonment was arrested early Sunday after a Pensacola Police officer saw him burglarizing a vehicle and stealing two wallets, a gold chain and money.

He was charged with burglary, petit theft and falsely identifying himself to a law enforcement officer.

Officer Bryan Lowry was in the 300 block of South Jefferson Street around 2:40 a.m. Sunday when he saw Allen standing beside a vehicle in a parking lot. Lowry saw Allen look around as if checking to see if anyone was watching, open the front passenger door of the vehicle and reach inside. Allen initially gave police a false name when he was taken into custody. The stolen items were recovered.

Markeal Sanders, 16; Steven Gurganious, 20, and Treshawn Crocker, 16, all of Pensacola were arrested Saturday morning. Each was charged with two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of burglary, one count of grand theft, and one count of petit theft after an officer saw them burglarizing a vehicle.

Detective Danny Harnett saw the three burglars grouped around a vehicle in a parking lot in the 200 block of East Intendencia Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday One of the males  had his arm extended inside a broken passenger side window.

The suspects fled and were apprehended at the intersection of Tarragona and Garden  streets. An investigation determined another vehicle near the first also had been  burglarized. Among the stolen items was a handgun and ammunition. The suspects had  BB guns, BBs and the stolen handgun and ammunition in their possession when arrested.

Thomas H. Cobb, 34, of Pensacola was arrested Monday and charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, larceny, and resisting an officer without violence. Cobb was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. Monday after officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Datura Street on a report of a suspicious person outside the house.

The suspect ran from the house after Officer Thomas Gamache arrived at the home and saw him in the carport. Gamache chased the burglar through the backyard jumping fences and apprehended him at Euclid and Clematis streets. Among items stolen from the home were a handgun, binoculars and three bottles of Bacardi. The stolen items were recovered.


3 Responses to “Arrest Made In $400K Jewelry Store Burglary; Five Arrested For Other Burglaries”

  1. mic hall on November 18th, 2014 6:54 pm

    LEO’s work hard and risk their lives. The problem has been judges that then pop the bad guy on the back of the hand and sends him away with a fine and “don’t do that again young man”. This works to demoralize the LEO’s for all their efforts and risks. I hope that these bad guys get serous time. Several of these guys have been caught B&E.

    As an example of completely failing to punish bad guys and it not taking. Cobb had 3 yes THREE B&E Grand Thief in ONE YEAR. Obviously that punishment made him stop … oh it didn’t.

  2. Angela on November 18th, 2014 4:06 pm

    Ditto, T.J. Totally agree with you.

  3. TJ on November 18th, 2014 1:02 pm

    I’d like to commend our law enforcement officers! Great job of catching them in the process of committing these crimes and great detective work in the Miami arrest! LEO’s get such a bad rep these days for the mistakes made by a few here and there. They are here to protect us and most of them do a great job! Thanks LEO’s!

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