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Craigslist Ad Leads to Arrest in Car Burglaries

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. -- A Vero Beach man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of auto burglaries after a woman tracked her missing items on Craigslist.

Michael Paul Guin, 35, of the 900 block of 24th Street Southwest in Vero Beach, was charged with felony dealing in stolen property, according to an Indian River County Sheriff's Office arrest warrant.

Sheriff's detectives made the break in the case after a woman located her missing camera equipment in a Craigslist ad.

The woman's Volkswagen was burglarized Aug. 13, on the 600 block of 32nd Avenue Southwest, and $3,000 worth of camera equipment was missing, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

The woman contacted Guin through Craigslist after locating her missing camera equipment and alerted the Sheriff's Office.

"The ad specifically five lenses that normally don't come with the camera, that she custom purchased herself," the report stated.

Undercover detectives then set up a meeting with Guin at the Indian River Mall, and matched the model and serial numbers of the equipment with the serial number provided by the woman, leading to an arrest.

Guin said he purchased the camera a week earlier for $150, according to the arrest warrant. He was released Wednesday from the Indian River County Jail on $10,000 bond.

The arrest was made in connection with five auto burglaries that occurred in the late night and early morning hours of Aug. 13 through 15, in the vicinity of 32nd Avenue Southwest, the report stated.

"We are still looking for the person involved with the string of auto burglaries," Detective Sgt. Thomas Raulen said.

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