[UPDATE] Brother and Sister Burglars Busted

By: Julie Montanaro; TPD Email
By: Julie Montanaro; TPD Email

UPDATED 12.28.2010 3:30pm

On 11/29/10, brother and sister, John and Shaena Osborne were arrested in the area of Parrot Lane in Tallahassee. They were charged with multiple counts of auto burglary.

Investigators from the Tallahassee Police Department Police Department served a search warrant on their residence and located additional stolen property.

Investigators have been tracking down the owners of the property and additional warrants have been obtained for John and Shaena Osborne.

John Osborne currently has warrants for multiple counts of Petit Theft, Loitering and Prowling, and Trespassing. Shaena Osborne has a warrant for Grand Theft.

Police are seeking any information on their whereabouts or involvement in other criminal activity.

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UPDATED 11.30.2010 6:30pm

A brother and sister are behind bars tonight and Tallahassee Police are still trying to tally the number of car break ins and home burglaries they've committed.

Devin McLaughlin called 911 after his friend discovered his GPS and more missing from his car here on Sandpiper Street. He says that's when they spotted a woman with a bag in each hand and gave chase.

"She kept on running after she dropped the two backpacks full of stuff. Some of his stuff was in it and it ended up having like a lot of other people's mail and school stuff in it and CD players," McLaughlin said.

Shaena Osborne and her younger brother John Osborne were caught by police minutes later, arrested and charged with burglary. Yet police investigators say the duo may be responsible for much more than car break ins.

A search of their grandmother's house on nearby Mary Ellen Drive Tuesday morning turned up televisions, game systems and more. So investigators on scene say residential burglaries may be a part of their repertoire too.

"We have at least one large screen TV that's been definitively linked to a residential burglary and we'll be going through the process now of going through the other electronic devices and serial numbers," SGT Gary Steinberg said.

Those on Sandpiper Street say this block is no stranger to break ins and they wonder how many are the work of Shaena and John Osborne. Police say the duo may be responsible for as many as 10 car burglaries on this street alone.

"It's shocking, kind of hurtful to know that people have been breaking in around here, but glad that they've been caught," resident John Williams said.

"It violates you so bad, it makes you so angry," Lucas Brown said as he described having two recent break ins.

Brown says his car was burglarized Monday night too. Whoever did it, he says, came up empty after rifling through every last one of church collection envelopes.

At last check, John and Shaena Osborne were still behind bars with bond set in excess of 12 and 18,000 dollars respectively.

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A burglar has to drop the loot and run after folks on Sandpiper Street give chase.

28 year old Shaena Osborne and her brother 25 year old John Osborne are now behind bars and Tallahassee Police suspect they may have committed as many as ten car burglaries on Sandpiper Street alone.

Police served a search warrant at their grandmother's house nearby and say they recovered big screen TVs, gaming systems and other electronics that they are now trying to link to residential burglaries in the area. At least one TV has already been linked, the sergeant on scene said.

Coming up at 6, we'll hear from the man who called 9-1-1 as his friends chased Shaena Osborne down the street.


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