Two arrested for robbing Habitat for Humanity construction site and kicking K9
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Two people were arrested after robbing a Habitat for Humanity construction site Wednesday night.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Odilio Miranda, 20, and a minor, whose identity has not been released, were seen helping to throw materials from the roof of the house and load them into a truck.
A witness told deputies they approached the house after a friend called him and said people were on the roof throwing materials. According to the CCSO report, the witness then saw two men walking from the passenger side of the van towards the entrance of the house.
The witness said the couple left the house after asking them what they were doing. According to the witness, the platform of the truck was weighed down on one side. He told MPs he could tell because of the angle he was sitting at.
According to the report, Miranda and the young suspect fled.
The CCSO said K9 deputies from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office (IRCSO) helped catch the suspects. IRCSO is in Charlotte County assisting with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts, according to CCSO.
IRCSO deputies were able to locate the couple hiding in a row of trees in a wooded area. According to the CCSO, an IRCSO K9 was released after the couple continued to resist deputies.
The IRCSO K9 then bit off Miranda’s leg, and the juvenile suspect kicked the K9 in the ribs until a deputy could take them down.
Both were taken to the Charlotte County Jail and are being held by an immigration detainee, the CCSO said. Miranda faces charges of residential burglary, robbery and non-violent resistance. The juvenile suspect faces charges of residential burglary, grand theft, non-violent resistance and bodily harm to a police dog.
According to CCSO, Habitat for Humanity’s director said the home recently received supplies such as shingles, plywood, tubs, siding and HVAC equipment days before Hurricane Ian. .
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