Two north-St. Lucie County men who rummaged through several unlocked vehicles early Thursday morning wound up in the county jail two days later, thanks to a post on Facebook and teamwork by members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"Our detectives were able to arrest Lenny Gamez, 25, of 2205 Donlon Road, Fort Pierce, and Jeremy Gervais, 24, of 5435 Place Lake Drive, Fort Pierce, for attempted burglary after they rummaged through five cars in the Holiday Pines neighborhood," Sheriff Mascara said. "The arrest was a great example of the partnership of the community and the members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office."
Following the early morning burglaries in Holiday Pines (https://goo.gl/maps/mGrLN), one of the victims captured Gervais and Gamez on home surveillance video and gave a copy to patrol deputies. The president of the area's homeowners association posted the information to Facebook.
Detectives Matthew Gerdes and Clarence Bennett identified Gamez and Gervais from the video but couldn't immediately find them.
The Sheriff's Intelligence Led Policing Unit developed a flyer with the suspects' photos and distributed the flyer to deputies, urging them to "be on the lookout" for the two suspects.
Friday night, Patrol Deputy Mark Sarvis received information that Gamez and Gervais could be found at one of the motels near I-95 and Florida's Turnpike in western Fort Pierce. Patrol deputies began searching the area.
A clerk at America's Best Value Inn identified one of the suspects as being in the area and possible occupying one of the motel's rooms. Deputies Edward Johnston and Nate Stubley waited in an unmarked car in the motel parking lot and saw the suspects leave the area in a silver-colored car.
Deputy Matthew Brewster stopped the suspects' car and turned them over to detectives who interviewed the pair, arrested them and took them to jail.