2 men, 1 woman arrested in string of 25 South Tampa burglaries

Posted at 9:14 AM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 16:30:28-04

Three people have been arrested in a string of burglaries in the South Tampa area. 

Tampa Police Department says the three suspects, two men and one woman, are believed to be responsible for up to 25 burglaries in the South Tampa area dating back to March of this year. 

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Leyanet Morales-Torres, 24 and Alejandro Blanco-Poza, 26 were arrested on Wendesday, August 17 in Miami-Dade County. Diego Perera, 25, was arrested on Wednesday in Manatee County. 

At the time of the arrest, Morales-Torres and Blanco-Poza had numerous pieces of jewelry in their possession. Tampa Police says they are working to figure out where additional jewelry in their possession came from. 

Perera was identified from home surveillance video taken from two South Tampa homes that was shared by local media. The other suspects were identified after a credit card stolen from one of the homes was used in South Florida. 

Leyanet Morales-Torres reportedly used the stolen credit card at a South Florida Family Dollar store. She is also an employee of that same store. Morales-Torres is the girlfriend of Alejandro Blanco-Poza. 

Diego Perera is a friend of the couple. He was from Naples but was caught in Manatee County. He is the suspect seen on surveillance video walking around in someone's living room. (see video below)

Police are currently searching for a fourth suspect who was also caught on surveillance video talking on a phone to someone in spanish. 

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All three suspects are facing charges in South Florida and in Tampa. 

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Morales-Torres is being held at the Miami-Dade Jail and has been charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, three counts of grand theft and two counts of false info to pawn broker. 

Blanco-Poza is also being held at the Miami-Dade Jail and has been charged with grand theft, driving while license suspended, and credit card/forgery/intent to defraud. 

Perera is being held at the Manatee County Jail and has been charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of grand theft. 

Tampa Police say additional charges are possible as they continue the investigation. 

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