Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

Teens and 'mentor' booked on burglary charges

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - After investigating a May 29 residential burglary, Hernando County sheriff's detectives found not only the suspects, but also that the teens had a mentor showing them the ropes.

James Pfluke, 19, of Mallard Street, and a 17-year-old juvenile were booked Friday night on two charges of burglary. Both were believed to have entered a home at 9273 Swiss Road in Spring Hill on May 29 through a garage window, gaining access to the house by breaking a door to take a television, two guitars, a tuner, an amplifier and a bat.

Pfluke and the juvenile later admitted to detectives to breaking in to the home and returned some of the stolen property. They also told detectives that they had a "mentor" named David Guyer. Guyer, 40, of Deltona Boulevard, advised them to target houses where families had been evicted, and accompanied the teens on their burglaries.

Pfluke and the minor admitted to five burglaries. Pfluke was released on $1,000 bond on Saturday.

Guyer was arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft and is being held on $2,000 bond.

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