A Colorado woman and a Florida man looted condos on Sunday and found out that the sheriff and deputies mean business.
Alxis Tatiana Dibrigida, 28, of Centennial, Colorado., and Stephen Granieri, 47, of St. Petersburg, are in the Collier County jail charged with multiple felonies after deputies caught them looting condos in a storm-ravaged section of Vanderbilt Beach.
Dibrigida and Granieri left a young child unattended inside their vehicle as they conducted their crime spree, deputies said.
The burglaries occurred at the Sausalito Condominiums, 9400 Gulfshore Drive N., and Bellagio Grande, 10620 Gulfshore Drive N.
Detectives said the pair kicked in doors, ransacked multiple residences, and destroyed property before making off with clothing, shoes, wine, liquor, and other items. One victim reported an entire closet of clothing had been stolen.
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Detectives said one unit where the owners had evacuated appeared to have been lived in for the night, noting there were pillows and blankets on the couch and multiple bottles of alcohol were out of the cabinets.
Around 12:40 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a break-in at the Bellagio Grande. The caller told dispatchers he heard the sound of glass shattering and loud noises coming from one of the units.
When deputies arrived they found two glass doors to one of the units had been kicked in and were shattered. The unit had been ransacked and the property was destroyed.
Damage was estimated to be $10,000 to $20,000.
Deputies also found a young child alone in a car seat inside a vehicle with its engine running in the parking garage. The vehicle was later discovered to be registered to Granieri.
Dibrigida and Granieri abruptly appeared in the garage while deputies were there. Granieri was immediately taken into custody. Dibrigida ran from deputies but was quickly found hiding in some bushes and taken into custody.
Deputies found items stolen from the unit inside Granieri’s vehicle as well as numerous other items including fishing poles and bottles of alcohol that were located next to the child.
“If you’re thinking about coming to Collier County during this state of emergency and committing felonious activity here, think again,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “We’ve got deputies and technology on the ground, in the air, and on the water 24/7 committed to keeping our community safe during storm recovery. Don’t even try it.”
In addition to multiple grand theft and burglary charges, the pair face child neglect charges. Deputies said the inside of the vehicle was filthy and deplorable, and the child was unkempt, had bug bites and appeared hungry.
Deputies cleaned, fed, and placed a fresh diaper on the child. The Florida Department of Children and Families was contacted and the child was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.