Thanks to a tip from a neighbor who reported a vehicle burglary-in-progress, PCSO deputies arrived on-scene and were able to arrest three vehicle burglary suspects who broke into cars in different neighborhoods, from Harden Oaks to Ewell Road in Lakeland.
According to their affidavits, PCSO received a call around 4:30 a.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014, from a witness on Bristol Oaks Drive in Lakeland, who reported seeing three suspects breaking into someone's car. Deputies arrived on-scene and set up a perimeter. The K-9 team comprised of Deputy Sheriff Carlos Valle and Tommie spotted two of the suspects fleeing on foot. Deputy Valle gave the command to stop, which the suspects ignored. Deputy Valle further told one of the suspects he would release the dog. The suspect continued to flee. K-9 Tommie was released and apprehended 18-year-old Phillip Mouser of 2401 Deerbrook Drive in Lakeland. He was taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center to be treated for his bite wounds before being booked into the Polk County Jail.
Post-Miranda, Mouser told deputies he was breaking into vehicles with accomplices 19-year-old Dakota Shelton of 2025 Ewell Road and 18-year-old George Bailey of 5575 Wilmington Circle in Lakeland. Deputies responded to Shelton's home and found him and Bailey there - they were both placed under arrest without incident. Both admitted to committing the rash of vehicle burglaries with Mouser.
Mouser has been charged with: VOP (Grand Theft); Grand Theft of Firearm; Grand Theft; Armed Burglary; Resisting Arrest; and four counts Vehicle Burglary. He has been in the Polk County Jai on two prior occasions, for Grand Theft, Burglary, Battery, and several counts of Criminal Mischief.
Bailey and Shelton have both been charged with: Grand Theft of Firearm; Grand Theft; Armed Burglary; and four counts Vehicle Burglary.
They are all being held on no bond for the Armed Burglary charge. The other charges each have $1,000 bond attached.
"This goes back to what we always tell the public: If you see something, say something. Thanks to an alert neighbor, we have cleared five vehicle burglaries spanning across several miles. Hopefully the lesson learned by these three young men will be a lasting one." - Sheriff Grady Judd