Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

Issued by the Media Relations Office, Public Information Officer Deputy Becky Herrin

September 24, 2001

Auto burglaries in Islamorada

Islamorada – Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, six cars were burglarized in the Venetian Shores Subdivision of Islamorada.

The cars appear to all have been unlocked at the time they were burglarized. Suspects entered the unlocked doors and removed any valuable items inside, including cash, cellular phones, wallets, prescription drugs, radar detectors and, in one instance, a laptop computer.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to alert county residents, and remind everyone that they should always remove valuable items from cars left parked overnight. Car doors should always be locked, even if they are parked outside a home on a quiet residential street. Quiet streets in “nice” neighborhoods are a favorite target of automobile burglars. No one is immune from being a victim of this type of crime.

Sobriety Checkpoint scheduled

Big Pine Key – The Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a Sobriety Checkpoint on Big Pine Key in October.

On October 19th, deputies will be on hand on Big Pine Key to man the checkpoint between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Cars will be pulled over and drivers will be checked for signs of impairment. Impaired drivers will be arrested and taken to jail. Safety equipment on the cars will also be checked, and appropriate citations issued.


September 19, 2001

Man arrested for drug possession

Islamorada – An Islamorada man was arrested for drug possession after a routine traffic stop early today (Wednesday).

Deputy Nelson Sanchez was on routine patrol in the vicinity of the 80-mile marker of highway U.S. One when he spotted a pickup truck with expired tags heading southbound. He pulled the truck over and arrested the driver, 29-year-old Sean Kroeger of Islamorada, on traffic related charges. The passenger, 32 year old Allan Faykosh of Islamorada, got out of the car and attempted to hide something in his pocket. When the deputy asked him what it was, Faykosh showed him a clear glass crack pipe with crack residue inside. A white powdery substance was also found in his wallet. Faykosh was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Both he and the driver were transported to the Monroe County Detention Center. After his arrival, Deputy Sanchez did a routine check of the back seat of his patrol car, as he does every time he transports someone to jail. He found two plastic bags. Inside one of the bags, the deputy found 13 grams of cocaine and 76 Ecstasy pills. In the other bag was a small amount of marijuana. Upon questioning, Faykosh admitted the drugs were his.

Faykosh was further charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the jail.

Sept. 18, 2001

Burglary and vandalism at Key Largo School

 Six classroom trailers at Key Largo School were broken into sometime last weekend.  School officials called the Sheriff’s Office early Monday  to report that the burglars also caused extensive damage to the trailers and to school property inside the classrooms.  The culprits cut computer cables and damaged computers, printers and keyboards.  Paint was also splashed over carpets, desks and other computer equipment.  Permanent markers were used to deface desks and blackboards with obscene graffiti.  A refrigerator was also damaged with paint and glue.  Windows were broken, doors were damaged and overhead projectors and compact disc players were ruined when glue was poured over them. The culprits scrawled a taunting message on one blackboard, stating “Catch me if you can.”  Sheriff’s crime scene detectives processed the scene for evidence.  Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the burglary.  Crime Stoppers of the Keys is offering up to a one thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.  Callers can remain anonymous. The Crime Stoppers hotline is 1-800-346-TIPS (8477).

 Former Corrections Officer Arrested

 A former Monroe County Sheriff’s Corrections Officer was arrested Monday in connection with a theft that occurred when he worked at the County Detention Center.   31-year old Carmello E. DeJesus is charged with the theft of jewelry from the property bag of an inmate on July 6 of 2000.  The inmate filed a complaint after stating that he spotted DeJesus wearing the stolen ring when he opened a door to the recreation area at the jail.  The Sheriff’s Office conducted an initial administrative probe of the charges.  When evidence of a possible crime resulted, the case was turned over to the State Attorney’s Office for further investigation of the Sheriff’s employee.  However, DeJesus resigned from the Sheriff’s Office last July 6, shortly after the criminal investigation began.  Investigators obtained a warrant, charging DeJesus with theft.  He was arrested Monday and was released from jail after posting a bond of 1,500 dollars.

Sept. 13, 2001

Key West International Open on Limited Basis

 Key West International Airport is now open on a limited basis to commercial air traffic only.  Strict new security measures are also in effect at the airport.  Only commercial carriers and commercial cargo operators are allowed to fly.  General aviation is not permitted until further notice. Information on commercial flights is available from the individual commercial airlines.

New security measures are now in effect at Key West International Airport. Sheriff’s Sgt. Jerome Fain, who is in charge of airport security, says passengers should plan to get to the airport early in order to meet the new security requirements, which include searches of all vehicles entering the long term parking area and increased passenger screening measures.

 Sept. 5, 2001

Relatives notified, names of dead divers released

 Monroe County Sheriff’s detectives have contacted relatives of a Pennsylvania couple whose bodies were recovered early Tuesday in waters off Marathon.

Sheriff’s detectives today released the names of the victims as 48-year old Remo Dilello and his female companion, 44-year old Pasquala Cassetta.  They were both from Glenside, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Dilello owned a car dealership there and owned property in Marathon.

Detectives are continuing investigation of the case.  The compressed air tank used by the couple was sent away for testing.  Detectives are also awaiting results of autopsies and the testing of blood samples from the victims.

The Sheriff’s dive team recovered the bodies in about twenty feet of water near the Sombrero Reef Light off Marathon.  The Pennsylvania couple had been diving from a twenty-foot pleasure boat that was tied to a mooring buoy.  A passing boater had notified the Coast Guard Monday evening that there had been no activity aboard or near the vessel in several hours.  The Coast Guard transported the Sheriff’s dive team to the site.

Sheriff’s detectives say there were no signs of foul play or a struggle at the scene.  A compressed air tank was found aboard the boat.  The couple had attached an air hose to the tank and breathed through a dual regulator connection.

The cause of the couple’s death is unknown at this time.

 Sept. 4, 2001

Two divers found dead in waters off Marathon

 The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office dive team early today recovered the bodies of a man and a woman in about 20 feet of water near Sombrero Reef Light off Marathon.

The Pennsylvania couple had been diving from their 20-foot Proline vessel, which was tied to a mooring buoy.  A passing boater had notified the Coast Guard yesterday evening that there had been no activity aboard or near the vessel.  The Coast Guard transported two Sheriff’s dive team members to the site.  Shortly after midnight, diver Sgt. Henry Hamilton, spotted the two bodies.  The bodies were taken aboard the Coast Guard boat and then transported ashore.  The County Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies and submit blood samples for toxicology testing. 

Sheriff’s detectives say there were no signs of foul play at the scene.  Detectives found a compressed air tank aboard the boat.  The couple had attached an air hose to the tank in order to breathe while diving.  Detectives will send all of the equipment and air tanks to experts for testing.  The cause of the deaths is unknown at this time.  Names of the victims are being withheld until relatives are notified.

 Search warrant results in five arrests

 Four members of a Tavernier family were arrested Monday on drug charges after Sheriff’s personnel served a search warrant.  Sheriff’s deputies and detectives showed up at 140 Pacific Avenue shortly after six a.m.  A search of the house resulted in the arrest of the occupants:

·       50-year old Diane K. Link, charged with possession of marijuana after 16.7 grams of pot was found on her person and in a nightstand.

·       18-year old Clayton A. Link, charged with possession of marijuana after 320 grams of pot was found in his room.

·       49-year old Brown A. Link, charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana after the illegal substance was found in his room.

·       21-year old Cory B. Link, charged with possession of marijuana after 16 grams of marijuana was found in his bedroom.

·       17-year old Nathan James Haywood, charged with possession of amphetamines and marijuana after 37 illegal “ecstasy” pills and a small amount of marijuana was found in his pocket. Haywood admitted that the drugs were his.

 Snorkeler bitten after trying to grab small nurse shark

 A Mississippi man was treated for a minor wound after he was reportedly bitten by a small nurse shark he tried to grab in the waters of Cow Key Channel near Stock Island Monday afternoon.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call from the scene at approximately 2:30 p.m.  Ambulance personnel were treating 38-year old Glenn E. Dailey, of Gautier Mississippi for small bite marks above and below his left nipple.  Gautier told deputies that he was snorkeling in the channel and had tried to grab a small, approximately three-foot, nurse shark.  Gautier said the shark swam at him and bit him.  Gautier was picked up by a passing boater and taken to a nearby marina where emergency personnel were called.  Gautier was treated at the scene. He refused transportation to the hospital.

 Traffic Unit issues 202 citations during Labor Day Weekend

 The Sheriff’s Special Traffic Enforcement Unit issued 202 traffic citations and 48 traffic warnings during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Eleven of the cases resulted in criminal charges and arrests for various offenses.  The tickets included 17 for seat belt violations and 8 for running red traffic lights.