2012-08-23 / Front Page

Police Solve Burglaries in Less than 24 Hours

On Thursday, August 16, Lexington Chief of Police, Clarence Yarbrough, along with Cpt. Wooldridge, Officer Jirasek, and Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Crockett, captured two subjects involved in a burglary spree in the City of Lexington. The subjects were also involved in tampering with residents’ mail in the area of Ave A and CR 405.

According to Chief Yarbrough, Simon Arthur Cardenas was captured, along with a juvenile subject, at about 9 a.m. Thursday morning, after an investigation revealed that the two were suspected of a series of burglaries in Lexington. The investigation revealed that the two sneaked out of their residence on Hale St., and began their spree of burglaries sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

The first location burglarized was the Janitorial Shop at the Lexington High School. The subjects stole an undisclosed amount of money, in addition to other property.

After leaving the Lexington High School, Cardenas and the juvenile continued the spree of burglaries. They attempted to burglarize the Trendy P’s store, located in the Bexley Real Estate complex on Highway 77, by breaking the store’s front window. However, they were unsuccessful in their attempt to enter the shop due to burglar bars on the windows.

The suspects then departed Trendy P’s and made their way to Granny’s Restaurant, located on Rockdale Street, where they broke the front door glass window and entered the restaurant taking an undisclosed amount of money and additional retail items. Cardenas and the juvenile caused some damage while inside, and took time to eat a coconut cream pie before departing Granny’s and traveling down Ave A and CR 405, where they removed the mail from the mailboxes in the area.

The subjects were apprehended at their residence in the 900 block of Hale Street and transported to the Lexington Police Department, where their statements, and subsequent confessions, were taken. The majority of the property was recovered by Chief Yarbrough, Cpt. Wooldridge and Officer Jirasek.

Simon Cardenas was then transported to the Lee County Law Enforcement Center where he was booked and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary of Building (State Jail Felony) and 1 count of Criminal Mischief (M-A). Cardenas is currently in the Lee County Jail on an $11,500 bond, $5,000 each for the burglaries and $1,500 for the Criminal Mischief. The juvenile was released in the custody of Juvenile Probation.

During the course of this investigation, new leads were developed in the burglary which occurred on August 8 at Lexington Feed & Farm. This investigation is still ongoing, and will be concluded in the near future.

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