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Deputy honored for solving five burglaries

June 5, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Using her quick thinking and training from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Detective Holly Snyder, who works out of the Lehigh Bravo Station, was honored by the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce on May 28.

As a result of her work in solving a crime, she was able to come up with stolen items that had been taken in four other crimes, according to Sgt. Chris Lalor.

Snyder was selected by the chamber as its Officer of the Month and was given a special award for her outstanding police work.

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The Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce honored Deputy Holly Snyder as its Deputy of the Month at the chamber’s May 28 luncheon. Shown at left is Capt. John Haberman, who heads the Lehigh Bravo Station, and at right, Sgt. Chris Lalor.

On April 12, in the early evening, deputies from the Lee county Sheriff's Office Bravo District were sent to 2605 52nd Street West in regards to an ongoing residential burglary, said Sgt. Chris Lalor, her immediate supervisor.

The caller told the Sheriff's Office that he had arrived home and discovered two males inside of is house stealing his 52-inch flat screen TV.

Deputies quickly arrived on the scene and located 32-year-old Isaac Gallegos and his cousin, 28-year-old Joseph Gallegos at the victim's home, Lalor said.

Both suspects were detained and separated for questioning. Detective Holly Snyder with the Bravo District criminal investigation's division responded to the scene and entered into the investigation.

During the investigation and after interviewing the victim, it was discovered the two suspects were posing as pest control workers. After realizing that they were caught inside the victim's home, the suspects changed their story and said they had caught two people burglarizing the victim's home, Lalor told the chamber audience.

The Gallegos cousins said they gave chase after the two "bad guys" had dropped the TV set in an empty lot.

But after searching the victim's home, deputies found the TV in the middle of the living room floor with other items ready to be stolen. The TV did not have any signs of damage or any dirt on it consistent with being dropped in an empty lot.

The story provided by the Gallegos cousins did not coincide with the victim's statements and evidence at the scene and both suspects were placed under arrest and charged with burglary, Lalor said.

However, Detective Snyder found the suspects' getaway vehicle parked in the victim's driveway and based on the suspects using the minivan in the commission of a felony, she believed there was a good possibility that the van contained stolen property from other residential burglaries, Lalor said. She impounded and seized the vehicle legally, preventing the suspects from using the vehicle to commit future crime sprees.

Snyder obtained a search warrant on the vehicle and she discovered stolen items that were linked to four other residential burglaries, Lalor said.

The Chamber recognized Snyder because of her investigative skills and thoroughness that solved five burglaries with the Lehigh community and most likely prevented numerous others from being committed, according to Inke Baker, president and CEO of the chamber of commerce.

The award is sponsored by the Lehigh Towne Centre. The chamber luncheon was held at Angelo's restaurant at the Microtel Inn & Suites. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month.



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