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Man accused of breaking into car, stealing from another SEBRING -A 24-year-old Avon Park man was charged Friday with breaking into a car and stealing a cell phone from another vehicle in the Sun 'n Lake Boulevard area, authorities say. Devon Dequan Wilson, 2740 Quincy Road, Avon Park, is accused of breaking into a Ford Ranger in the Sun 'n Lake Boulevard area Friday, a Highlands County Sheriff's Office arrest report states, and also of an unrelated theft of a cell phone from another car around the same time in the same vicinity. A witness told the Highlands County Sheriff's Office that he saw Wilson inside his friend's Ford Ranger and yelled at him, an arrest report states.
The witness followed Wilson, who told him to go away, and then the person called authorities. In the second incident, a victim reported that he saw Wilson walk away from a friend's car and then drop a cell phone when he realized he had been noticed, the report states. The phone allegedly belonged to another victim, the report states. When the victim who had spotted Wilson walking away from the Chevy checked his car, he realized his phone was gone, too, and the glove compartment was open, the report adds. The two victims chased after Wilson but lost him, the report said. A K-9 unit tracked his whereabouts to the intersection of Villabella and Catalina streets where the second phone was found dropped, the report adds. Wilson was later apprehended near the intersection of Sun 'n Lakes Boulevard and Ponce De Leon Avenue, the report adds. The victim whose phone Wilson allegedly dropped the first time decided not to pursue charges since he recovered it, the report adds. Wilson remains in Highlands County Jail on $1,500 bond for burglary of a vehicle for the first incident and misdemeanor petty theft from the second and has no bond set for a felony criminal mischief and property damage charge from November. Man accused of stealing pick-up, selling parts SEBRING -A Lake Placid man is accused of stealing a Ford pickup from a Sebring carport and then trying to sell it as his, according to a Highlands County Sheriff's Office report. Brian Keith Underwood, 1626 Cedarbrook St., Lake Placid, remains in Highlands County Jail on five charges in relation to the June 15 incident, according to jail records. After a Skipper Road resident complained that his pickup, valued at $10,000, was stolen, it was found abandoned in a disabled condition in a wooden area three days later, an arrest report states. The victim's insurance company has assessed more than $8,000 in damage done to the pickup, the report adds. A Buttonwood Bay book and a receipt with the victim's name from an unrelated investigation is what led authorities to Underwood, the report states. Three hubcaps and a tire iron from the vehicle were found and the residents identified Underwood, the report adds. Other witnesses claimed they saw Underwood driving the vehicle and one stated that he tried to sell the pickup for a $1,000, the report adds. Underwood is charged with criminal mischief, burglary, vehicle theft, grand theft of a vehicle and dealing with stolen property. A $13,000 bond has been set for these charges but he remains in Highlands County Jail on no bond for charges from a December incident. Two accused of trying to shoplift $64.17 in merchandise AVON PARK - Two Avon Park men were charged Sunday with shoplifting at Bealls Outlet Store in Avon Park, according to Highlands County Sheriff's office arrest reports. Abimael Delgado and Juan Morales-Perez are accused of cutting off wire security tags attached to three items and then stuffing the merchandise in their pants, the report adds. A store surveillance video showed them using black pliers to do that, the report adds. Delgado and Morales-Perez noticed law enforcement waiting outside the store and put the put the items, valued at $64.17, back, the report adds. Deputies approached them while in the store. The pliers were found in Morales-Perez's pants, the report adds.