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Two suspects arrested in connection with series of burglaries SEBRING - A police officer following a trail of footprints led to the arrest July 7 of three suspects in connection with a series of burglaries in Sebring Mobile Estates, according to a report released Monday. Derrick Devontie Betts, 19, and Prescott Carl Gray Jr., 18, both of 4726 Howard St., and Deanthony Marques Shird, 18, 1911 Roseland Ave., all of Sebring, were arrested by the Sebring Police Department and each charged with four counts of criminal mischief, three counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and two count of grand theft of a dwelling. The arrests came after reports that one or more individuals broke into at least four mobile homes last weekend, the report said. Items stolen from two of those residences included three televisions, bottles of alcohol and two bicycles, the report said.
An officer found footprints outside of the mobile home park and followed them down railroad tracks where the stolen bicycles were located, the report said. The officer then found a witness who provided information about the identities of the alleged burglars, the report said. Man accused of threatening woman with knife SEBRING - A Sebring man was arrested after witnesses said he threatened his son's girlfriend with a knife, according to a report released Monday. Edgar David Porter, 51, 302 Pine Tree Lane, Sebring, was arrested July 7 by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with assault with intent to commit a felony. Witnesses told deputies that the girlfriend and Porter argued and that during the argument Porter had a large pocket knife and said he was going to kill the girlfriend, the report said. Another person in the room, however, grabbed Porter's wrist and pushed it away from the girlfriend, the report said.