UPDATE 02-01-2011 at 6:45pm by Jerry Askin
Angel Stanford says she never expected to hear about a burglary in her peaceful neighborhood.
Leon County Sheriff Deputies say just after midnight Monday, five people were arrested for breaking into cars in the McBride Estate Neighborhood off Bannerman Road.
Stanford says, "It's really disheartening, you really need to just put your car in the garage and even then you just don't know."
Deputies arrived in the neighborhood Monday night after they got a call from a resident about a group of people looking into vehicles. Deputies say the three men and two juveniles stole jewelry, stereo equipment, money and i.d. cards from several vehicles in the subdivision.
Sgt. Brice Google from the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "What this is called is car shopping. People will go around during the late hours of the night and pull on doorhandles just to see if any of the doors are unlocked and these are the ones that they usually target."
Stanford says she has lived in McBride Estates for more than 15 years and always thought her community was safe. Now she says she'll be taking more precautions.
"Now that I know what's going on, I will always pull my car in the garage and close the garage door immediately, that's the main thing."
Three of the suspects were released this Tuesday afternoon on bond, two still remain at the Leon County Jail as of 3pm.
Just after midnight on January 31, 2011 the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of McBride Estates off of Bannerman Road when a citizen noticed a group of people looking in parked
vehicles. Deputies responded to the area and located Gregory Ringheisen, 20, Cameron Porter, 18, and two juveniles, Marcus Paul and Landon Durrance hiding in their vehicle.
Deputies established contact with the four and soon discovered stolen jewelry, stereo equipment, money and identification cards in the vehicle. Property Crimes Detectives responded and continued
the investigation. They also contacted a fifth suspect, Morgan Griffin, 18, and arrested him as part of the series of vehicle burglaries. Detectives stated that the investigation is ongoing and additional
charges are likely.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to lock your vehicle and remove valuables from it. By locking vehicles and removing things such as phones, computers, IPods, wallets, purses and
identification cards you are helping to deter thefts and maintaining the security of your personal identification information.
For more information about personal safety or to request a security survey, contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Prevention and Resource Unit at (850) 922-3323.
Full release with pictures is attached above. Picture of the five attached above.