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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Two local men arrested Friday are being investigated in connection with more than 100 reported burglaries in 50 days, according to arrest records.
James Dean Threadgill, of the 200 block of 27th Avenue Southwest, was charged with three felony counts of grand theft auto, one count of grand theft and one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling.
Andrew Allen Brown, 28, of the 1200 block of 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, was charged with felony grand theft and felony business burglary.
A sheriff’s arrest affidavit said there is an ongoing investigation related to “over 100 reported burglaries since Sept. 1 where James Threadgill and Andrew Brown are suspected participants in the crimes.”
Records show Threadgill is charged in connection with three vehicle thefts last week.
The first, a silver 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, was reported missing from the 1200 block of Buckhead Drive the morning of Oct. 16, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit said the vehicle was a company car that held three laptops, about $ 1,500 in cash and an assortment of tools.
Video surveillance from the Howard Johnson Inn at 1985 90th Ave. showed Threadgill driving the silver Chevrolet Traverse several times Oct. 17, according to the affidavit.
On Oct. 18, records show a red Nissan Frontier was reported stolen from the 5300 block of 61st Street and a Harley Davidson motorcycle disappeared from the 3800 block of 65th Street.
The same day, deputies responded to a reported “burglary in progress” at an unknown location, according to an arrest affidavit.
There, records show deputies recovered the Traverse and witnesses reported seeing two men fleeing in the Frontier.
Two days later, deputies stopped a vehicle of someone described as a “cooperating source” and found Brown and Threadgill riding in the car.
Brown was arrested for unrelated warrants and Threadgill was arrested because of “probable cause existing related to the theft of the Chevy Traverse and other … related investigations,” according to an affidavit.
Both men were taken to the Sheriff’s Office.
An overview of 2016 crime statistics recorded by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office show rates are well below the state average. ELLIOTT JONES/TCPALM
Threadgill denied involvement in the crimes. He admitted to driving the Traverse, but said he did not steal it and was unable to provide a “logical explanation” for how he received it.
Brown told investigators Threadgill stole the Traverse, Frontier and motorcycle.
The “cooperating source” told investigators he heard Threadgill “negotiate the sale of the Harley Davidson motorcycle for an eight ball of methamphetamine and $ 100.”
An “eight ball” is slang for a portion of illegal drugs weighing an eighth of an ounce, about 3.5 grams.
Information provided also led to the recovery of the motorcycle in a ditch near Threadgill’s home. The Frontier has yet to be found.
The owners of the Frontier reached out on Facebook for help finding it.
Threadgill’s charges for grand theft and burglary of an occupied dwelling are related to an Oct. 12 incident in which a man discovered $ 1,900 worth of tools missing from his garage near Seventh Road Southwest, according to an arrest affidavit.
The man told deputies he spoke to a man standing outside his garage early that morning and his wife later saw the same man exiting the open garage and running from the home.
Records show he later identified Threadgill in a photo lineup at the Sheriff’s Office.
Some of the tools were found stashed under palm fronds in the woods near the man’s home, an affidavit said.
Brown’s charges stem from an Aug. 17 burglary in which guns, tools and a motorized scooter were taken from a business on the 100 block of 11th Place Southwest, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit said Brown’s prints were found inside, but he denied involvement.
Threadgill remained in Indian River County Jail late Tuesday with bail set at $ 120,000. Brown is being held without bail.