During the months of March and April, Indian River County Sheriff’s Detectives Chris Lester and Ruben Bermudez were assigned to investigate a residential burglary where two firearms were stolen. As a result of that investigation, the detectives identified several auto burglaries that also included firearm thefts. They were able to determine that five local teens, with ages ranging from fifteen to nineteen, were responsible for the burglaries.
Shawn Newman (17), and Samuel Tecsi (17) both of Vero Beach, were arrested and charged with residential burglary, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, dealing in stolen property, and violation of probation. Newman was also charged with auto burglary and additional counts of theft and possession of a firearm. During their interview both admitted the burglaries and told detectives that their motive for stealing firearms was to trade them to Michael Smith (19) of Vero Beach, for drugs. The teens said that Smith provided them with marijuana and marijuana wax in exchange for stolen firearms.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Smith’s apartment in the 6900 block of 26th Street. Smith was arrested and charged with dealing in stolen property, four counts of possession of a firearm by a delinquent, possession of an altered firearm, possession a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested during the search warrant was Smith’s mother, Kimberly Smith, on four counts of possession of a controlled substance. More…