April 15, 2013
Ryan Tomita, 18, is suspected of burglarizing vehicles and homes in the Florida Keys, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office release.
Two vehicles burglarized on Cudjoe Key around Mar. 17th belonged to a husband and wife, both Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Taken from one vehicle : Gun belt, a holster, magazines and bullets for a gun, handcuffs, an expandable baton, pepper spray, a badge and a bullet proof vest. Taken from the other: a digital camera.
An investigator on the case discovered a credit card from the wallet was used online. Even though the person used a fictitious email address, the e-trail led to an address in Key Haven, where Tomita lives with his parents, according to the release.
Checking Tomida¿s Facebook page, a detective found a comment posted by him in the early morning hours during which the burglary took place.
It read: ¿If you ask me Ima tell you crime pays.¿
When confronted with this evidence, Tomida 'fessed up.
A subsequent search warrant on the home issued on April 5th led to possibly more stolen loot: All the law enforcement equipment stolen from the ICE agents on Cudjoe Key. Plus guns, a large number of GPS receivers, cameras, jewelry and flat screen televisions, according to the Sheriff's Office.
During the search, detectives also found two knit ski caps with holes cut for the eyes.