BELLEAIR – Police arrested a suspect, who has an extensive record of burglary and other charges, after he was seen allegedly entering vehicles in town.
On July 21 at about 2 a.m. a couple was walking their dog along Woodlawn Avenue and they saw a subject ride up on a bicycle next to a car parked on the street. He pulled on the door handle to get in and it was locked.
The man rode off on his bicycle and the couple called the police, Police Chief Tom Edwards said.
Two officers were in the area, one on Ponce DeLeon Boulevard and the other to the north. As one of the officers got near the Pinellas Trail he saw a man coming that matched the description of the subject.
He was wearing all black clothing and had a blue bag on his bicycle, which matched the description of the subject.
The officer asked the subject to stop. The subject refused. By that time the second officer was coming up with his red lights on. He hit the siren a couple of times to get the subject to pull over but he would not do it.
The subject fled the scene, heading toward Largo. He dropped his bag and the bicycle and started hopping fences.
One officer followed the subject in his vehicle as the subject went between yards and lost sight of him.
The second officer had taken up another position nearby. The subject stole a bicycle and was fleeing from the area when the officer stopped him at 13th Avenue and 10th Street Northwest in Largo.
In looking through the bag that was attached to the bicycle, police found a driver’s license and credit cards for a resident in Belleair. Officers went to the residence and found a car unlocked.
“He (the subject) went in and stole those items. So we were able to go ahead and return those items,” Edwards said.
Police later checked a car across the street and found items strewn around on the seat. The residents of the house came out and said that someone had been through their car. Police found items in his bag that came from the second car.
The suspect, identified as Brandon T. Boie, of Largo has been charged with two counts of vehicle burglary, fleeing and eluding and petit theft.
Additional charges may be filed. He was booked into Pinellas County Jail on $40,250 bond.
Police also found several dollars in change that did not come from the two cars that they think might have come from other vehicles in the area.
Residents who have discovered that someone has been through their vehicles should call police at Belleair police at 588-3769.
Records show that Boie, 30, has been booked into the county jail on seven other occasions, dating back to 2007.