By STAFF REPORT
Published by news-press.com on October 26, 2005
News-Press, Fort Myers, FL, 26 Oct 2005
Lee County sheriff's deputies arrested a 14-year-old Lehigh Acres boy and his 10-year-old brother Tuesday in connection with a string of robberies this month that netted them tens of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry.
According to records, Peter Scroggins 14, and John Alexander Scroggins, 10, allegedly stole more than $15,000 in cash and jewelry from five Lehigh Acres homes. All five burglaries happened less than three-quarters of a mile from their home at 1033 Abrams Blvd.
The spree started the night of Oct. 1, when the brothers entered 1032 Albert Ave. through open sliding doors and allegedly stole about $600 in cash from owner Juan Sanchez and his brother Carlos, records show.
The next incident was two weeks later, on Oct. 15, when the boys allegedly stole $450 in cash from 825 Agnes Ave., owned by Kimberly Cleaver, according to the sheriff's report. Investigators believe the Scroggins lifted a window and picked a lock to get inside.
On Oct. 18, deputies said the pair got inside 1025 Albert Ave. through an unlocked back door and allegedly nabbed $3,500 in jewelry and $50 in cash from owner Erica Quiroa.
The next day, the brothers hit the same block and found their biggest score, according to arrest records. The pair allegedly took $4600 in watches and $800 in cash from 1017 Albert Ave., owned by Edduino Sierra, deputies said. They believe the brothers entered through a side door in the garage, which was unlocked.
That same night, they allegedly robbed a house on their own block, deputies said.
They entered 1016 Abrams Ave., owned by Corrinda Hallman, and allegedly stole $4,630 in jewelry along with $560 in cash.