Date: <date> "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

PCSO Detectives Recover Stolen Items, Tracking Down Others That Were Sold

Polk County Sheriff's Property Crimes detectives are investigating a residential burglary that occurred in the Skyview Cove area of Lakeland, and are seeking the public's help in recovering the stolen items and potential victims of purchasing stolen property.

On the evening of December 3, 2002, neighbors of Richard and Shirley Bideaux, of 1319 Skyview Cove in Lakeland, observed Ronald Katzenburger parked near the residence.  The Bideaux's are seasonal residents of Polk County and asked their neighbors' assistance in keeping an eye on their house while it was vacant.  Marcia Larrisson, another neighbor, checked inside the Bideaux's home on December 4, 2002, and found it to be almost completely empty.  The majority of the Bideaux's appliances, furniture, and clothing appeared to be missing, and Larrisson immediately notified the Sheriff's Office. 

Ronald Katzenburger, who was seen in the area around that time, is Larrisson's son.  She gave deputies his phone number, and they quickly responded to 1803 Jupiter Street, the address listed for that phone number. There they found several items of the victims', including a couch in the back of a pickup truck.  Katzenburger was placed under arrest, and the homeowner/lease holder at the residence, Melba Avery, was interviewed.  Ms. Avery said she had agreed to buy the couch from Katzenburger, not knowing it was stolen.  Detectives also discovered Katzenburger had sold several other items at a yard sale the prior weekend.

Over one hundred stolen items were found in Katzenburger's possession, totally more than $10,000 in value.  He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail and has been charged with:  Burglary of a Dwelling ($5,000 bond), Dealing in Stolen Property ($5,000 bond), Grand Theft ($1,000 bond), Violation of Probation for prior Possession of Methamphetamines charge (no bond), and Violation of Probation for prior Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge (no bond).

Detectives believe Katzenburger may have recently sold stolen goods from this residential burglary.  If you feel you may have been a victim, or have any other information about this matter, please contact Detective Mike Johnston at (836) 499-2400.

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