After a several month long investigation, Polk County Sheriff's and Lake Wales Police detectives, working with detectives from the Broward County Sheriff's Office, have positively identified and served arrest warrants on two men responsible for a residential burglary in Lake Wales and forging checks.
According to the investigation, in October 2011, a grand theft occurred at a home on Sunset Drive in the city of Lake Wales, during which a firearm, money, a safe, and checks were stolen. Two of the stolen checks were deposited into an IBM Southeast Employees' Federal Credit Union ATM in Fort Lauderdale later that month. The ATM video surveillance camera captured images of the suspect depositing the checks, and the suspect vehicle, a blue Chevy Malibu. Bulletins with these photos and information were disseminated throughout Polk and Broward counties.
On April 11, 2012, PCSO and LWPD detectives traveled to Broward County to meet with detectives there and follow up leads.
Detectives interviewed 23-year-old Andres Carl Hureskin, DOB 7/21/88, of 3711 NW 21st Street Apt. 112 in Lauderdale Lakes, who admitted that his accomplice, 23-year-old Andrew Demart Jewell, DOB 6/19/88, of 9249 Chambers Street in Tamarac, deposited two checks into an account that Hureskin opened at the credit union. Hureskin told detectives that he opened the account a month before Jewell stole the checks, with the understanding that Jewell would be depositing fraudulent checks into the account and would give a percentage of the money to Hursekin.
PCSO and LWPD detectives obtained arrest warrants for both men the following day.
On April 16, 2012, Broward County Sheriff's detectives assisted PCSO and LWPD by placing the two suspects under arrest and booking them into the Broward County Jail.
Hureskin was charged with 1 count Grand Theft and 1 count Scheming to Defraud.
Jewell was charged with 1 count Grand Theft, 2 counts Uttering Forged Instrument, and 1 count Criminal Use of Personal Identification.
It is worth noting that Jewell has been a licensed tax preparer for the past two years, and detectives located in his car (the blue Chevy Malibu mentioned earlier) several W-2 forms and credit cards that did not belong to him, and photocopies of others' Florida driver's licenses and Social Security cards. Detectives will continue to investigate and identify any other victims, if any, of identity theft.