By Matt Wiley
Three people have been arrested in connection with a string of business burglaries that have plagued the Wesley Chapel area in recent weeks.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Sarah Zachman, 31, Jamar Thompson, 28, and Christian Quevedo, 25, have been arrested in connection with business burglaries at Dr. John Long Middle School, Cash For Gold (32733 Eiland Blvd.), Goin’ Postal (27221 S.R. 56), CVS Pharmacy (30050 County Line Rd.) and Reckitt Benckiser (2148 Ashley Oaks Cir.).
All of the burglaries occurred in the Wesley Chapel area since mid-May, with the most recent occurring on June 24. The report states that the suspects either sold, or attempted to sell, the items at pawn shops across Hillsborough and Pasco counties, and even as far north as Apopka.
Thompson and Zachman are both charged in the burglary of $25,100 worth of electronics from Long Middle School. The report states that the school provided serial numbers for several cameras that went missing in the burglary, which were identified at more than one pawn shop in Hillsborough County. The suspects were staying at Quevedo’s home at 1906 Echo Pond Pl. in Meadow Pointe, less than 150 yards from the school.
Quevedo and Thompson also reportedly stole 58 cartons of cigarettes valued at $3,074 from the CVS Pharmacy in Meadow Pointe, as well as two Insignia flat-screen TVs from Reckitt Bensicker in the Seven Oaks Professional Park and $5,000 in jewelry from the Cash For Gold in eastern Wesley Chapel.
Thompson, who has no listed permanent address, has been charged with five counts of burglary of a business, five counts of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and driving with a license that is suspended or revoked, as well as two Hillsborough warrants for not having a valid driver’s license. He is being held at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on a $52,000 bond.
Quevedo has been charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and four counts each of burglary of a business and grand theft. He also is being held on a $33,150 bond at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.
Zachman, of 8327 W. Hanna Ave. in Tampa, has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, as well as burglary of a business and grand theft. She also is being held at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on a $10,150 bond.