BROOKSVILLE - Two Spring Hill brothers were arrested for their alleged involvement in burglarizing and stealing two cars, electronics, and numerous other items from a neighbor while he was jailed for almost five months on drug charges.
William Richard Lengel, 32, and brother, Michael Richard Gallagher, 26, both of Harcross Court, were arrested in September and October following an investigation.
The victim, who was arrested in April and released in late August, returned to his home and learned both of his cars were missing. The victim also learned numerous checks were also cashed against his account, according to a sheriff's office report.
Gallagher was arrested Sept. 19 for his involvement in a home burglary, at which time he admitted to detectives his involvement in the burglary, and said his brother, Lengel, had stolen one of the cars and sold it to a recycler for cash.
Lengel was arrested Oct. 1 for an unrelated warrant, and admitted to detectives during a jail interview that he was involved in the burglary, and stole the car and sold it to a "cash for junk cars" company, according to the report.
Lengel also admitted he signed the transaction form, and that the burglary and vehicle thefts occurred on different days.
Lengel is being charged with grand theft auto and burglary of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied home, and is being held on $12,000 bond.
Gallagher is being charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied home, larceny, fraud, and dealing in stolen property. He is being held without bond.