PALM HARBOR – Two juveniles and one adult are in custody charged with multiple counts of vehicle burglaries in in the Spanish Oaks neighborhood in Palm Harbor.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 20. The burglaries occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday, Sept. 19.
According to detectives assigned to the Burglary and Pawn Unit, a Pinellas County K-9 deputy was on routine patrol in the area of the Spanish Oaks neighborhood Sept. 19 and observed two juvenile males and an adult male walking out of the neighborhood. The deputy approached the three males and observed one suspect carrying a backpack.
After further investigation, detectives were able to link various items in the adult suspect’s backpack to multiple vehicle burglaries that had occurred in the Spanish Oaks neighborhood.
The suspects are Christopher Rinehart, 19, and Ryan Greenlee, 16, both from Clearwater. The third suspect is a juvenile and due to his charges, authorities are not releasing his identity.
During an interview with detectives, Rinehart reportedly admitted to committing another burglary from Aug. 23.
Rinehart was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. He was charged with eight counts of burglary (conveyance-unoccupied) and one count of loitering and prowling.
Greenlee and the other juvenile were arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center. Greenlee has been charged with seven counts of burglary (conveyance-unoccupied) and one count grand theft.