Suspects' arrests leads to stolen property, including nearly 30 guns


PALM BAY, Fla. - Police in Palm Bay said thousands of dollars in stolen property, including nearly 30 guns, was recovered in a storage unit after three suspects were arrested.

Palm Bay authorities said they have been investigating a string of residential burglaries over the past month. The suspects were forcing their way into houses while residents were not home and stealing a slew of items, including electronics, jewelry, guns, cash, prescription drugs, credit cards and other property, police said.

According to investigators, residents tipped off police about a suspicious car, which led them to the suspects. Police said further investigation revealed the suspects were using a storage unit to hold the stolen property.

"The citizens played a key role in helping us solve these crimes," said Sgt. Lance Fisher. "They gave us good information about a suspicious vehicle that our detectives were able to use to develop suspects and ultimately stop the crime spree."

The suspects, 25-year-old Jason Bennet and 19-year-old Aaron Goodwin, were arrested on charges of burglary and theft Friday evening. Both are being held on $30,000 bond. They could face additional charges as the investigation continues. A third suspect, Frederick Clemons, was arrested on drug related charges.

Police said they are working to return the stolen items to the victims.