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Man accused of burglary

— When authorities found a Miami man’s fingerprint on a window where a house was burglarized, they were puzzled because he had no apparent connection to the Sebring area, a report released Monday said.

Then they discovered that the suspect’s mother lived near that residence, according to a report released Monday.

As a result, Eduardo Aquino, 42, 306 Kite Ave., Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant and charged with criminal mischief, burglary of a dwelling and third-degree grand theft.

Authorities said a woman reported that someone stole jewelry valued at $4,489 and a tablet and charger valued at $390. She also reported that two days later someone stole her lawnmower, the report said.

When detectives found that Acquino’s mother lived nearby, they questioned her and she said she pawned some jewelry for her son, the report said. She said her son lived with her when he did not have work in Miami, the report said.

Authorities also found a lawnmower matching the description of the stolen one at the mother’s residence, the report said.

The mother told detectives that her son said that a Nicaraguan provided him with the lawnmower. But, when questioned by detectives, Aquino said he found the lawnmower and that it appeared to be abandoned, the report said.

He could not explain how his fingerprint got on the window of the burglarized residence, the report said.

Florida Department of Correction records show that Aquino was sentenced on Aug. 16, 2001, for a burglary that was committed in Miami-Dade County. He was released on April 21, 2002.

Mother, boyfriend accused of child neglect

– A mother and her boyfriend were arrested after being accused of leaving the woman’s 6-year-old child alone at home while they shopped at Wal-Mart, according to reports released Monday.

Ulrick Rene Severe, 33, and Sheena Kristen Garcia, 31, no street address given, Sebring, were arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with child neglect and contributing to the dependency of a child.

The arrest came after the landlord of the residence where the couple lived became concerned after seeing the couple leave without the child, the report said.

The couple had not only left the child home, but also placed a brick in front of the door to keep the child from leaving, the report said.

The landlord said that neither the mother or her boyfriend asked him to watch the children, although the mother claimed otherwise, the report said.

When the mother and the boyfriend arrived home, they parked down the street because they saw the law enforcement vehicle and the boyfriend was on probation and shouldn’t have gone to Wal-Mart, the report said.

Man accused of pawning stolen chainsaw

— A Frostproof man is accused of pawning a stolen chainsaw in Highlands County, according to a report released Monday.

Scott Christopher Ledford, 22, 112 Chestney Blvd., Sebring, was arrested Aug. 12 by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with giving false information to a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property. He also was charged in Polk County with burglary.

The arrest on a warrant came more than six months after a man reported a burglary to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 12, 2013.

The victim told authorities that Ledford was an acquaintance, had used the chainsaw and knew where it was stored, the report said.

— A man was arrested after witnesses told authorities that he beat a 10-year-old child, according to a report released this week.

Carlos Earl Pyatt Jr., 27, no street address, Lake Placid, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with child abuse.

Witnesses told authorities that punched the child on the left side of his head, causing the child to fall, the report said.

After the child fell, witnesses said, they saw Pyatt then hit the child several times, on his head and other parts of his body, the report said.