DeBary car-burglary suspects took Facebook selfie, records say

 

After a rash of car burglaries in DeBary, a band of suspects posed for pictures with two stolen pickups, records allege. Then one suspect uploaded the image to his Facebook account, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

But that wasn’t the only clue that led investigators to suspect LeRoy Pendelton.

Fingerprints Pendelton left behind on burglarized cars in DeBary and a stolen truck linked him to the crimes, deputies say.

Investigators even found Pendelton’s prints on a container of Nabisco Mini Chips Ahoy Go Packs. The container was found in the center console of a Chevrolet Silverado stolen in DeBary,  records show.

Pendelton, 20, and other suspects, all from the Sanford area, are suspected in a rash of car burglaries in DeBary Golf and Country Club and the Glen Abbey community early April 21.

At least one handgun was stolen from a vehicle during the crime spree.

Records show Pendelton was cooperative when he was interviewed by a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office investigator at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, the jail in Seminole County.

He said at least three other suspects were involved.

“When asked how many vehicle burglaries Pendleton thought he did himself, he stated, “too many.”

He also said he broke into cars because he was hungry and needed money for food.

On April 20, Pendleton and another man broke into multiple vehicles in the Tuscany at Lake Mary subdivision and stole a Ford Explorer, records allege.

Then they drove to DeBary in the stolen vehicle to burglarize cars and steal the Chevrolet Silverado, records allege.

Pendleton said three others were involved – two men he named and a third only identified as a “tag-a-long.” Arrest records could not be found Friday.

A different suspect, the man who allegedly stole a pickup in Lake Mary with Pendleton, has been linked to the theft of DeBary City Council member Stephen Bacon’s Chevrolet Corvette from the gated River Oaks subdivision.

Details of that case were not immediately available Friday.

Bacon’s convertible was stolen April 20 and recovered roughly two hours later behind an abandoned house in Sanford.

Pendleton is being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on a $140,000 bond. He has been charged with burglary while armed with a firearm, three charges of burglary of a conveyance and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

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