Two men were arrested and remain in jail in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties on 28 combined felony and misdemeanor charges ranging from armed burglary to arson in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Gulfport.
Jail and court records show Lupen Jerusho-River Font, 35, was arrested on October 4 in Pinellas County and is awaiting trial facing 22 felony counts. His bail is set at $560,000.
Font’s charges are 11 counts of burglary in an unoccupied dwelling, two counts of burglary in an occupied dwelling, two counts of armed burglary, two counts of burglary, one count of aggravated assault, one count of motor vehicle theft, two counts of probation violation and one count of arson.
According to St. Petersburg Police, Font committed his crimes between the beginning of August to early October 2017.
Jail and court records show Scott Edward Johnson, 57, was arrested on October 3 in Hillsborough County and is facing four felony and two misdemeanor charges. His bail is set at $19,0001.
“He is a possible accomplice” to Font, said Detective Sergeant Thomas Woodman of the Gulfport Police Department.
Johnson’s charges are two felony counts in dealing in stolen property, one felony count in giving false information to a pawnbroker, one felony county for grand theft and two misdemeanor counts relating to possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
Four residences in Gulfport were burglarized by Font, one twice, said Woodman. “The general description of the primary items stolen are jewelry and currency coins.”
On October 4, in the 8000 block of Riverside Drive North in St. Petersburg, a “victim saw Font trying to get into his house around 9:40 a.m. and confronted him,” said St. Petersburg Police. “Font fled, but the victim fired and hit his vehicle several times. Detectives found Font near 94th Avenue North and 4th Street North, where he was arrested without incident.”
Police report they believe Font burglarized the same home on October 1 resulting in the theft of more than 20 firearms. Detectives have recovered six firearms and “a substantial amount of stolen property,” according to a press release.
“Font agreed to cooperate with investigators to identify more than a dozen homes he may have burglarized,” said police.
Woodman said, “There is a possibility that Font is involved in other residential burglaries in Gulfport. If anybody has any information regarding their unsolved burglary involving jewelry or currency, they need to contact us.”
The non-emergency telephone number for the Gulfport Police Department’s communications center is 727-582-6177. For telephone numbers of specific police department personnel, visit gulfportpolice.com/contact.html.