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Masked Burglary Suspect Caught By Winter Haven K9

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Winter Haven Police K-9 Apprehends Burglary Suspect

On 8-4-18 at approximately 5 a.m., an alarm call was received from Sherman’s Antiques located at 1103 6th St NW. The alarm indicated the rear door of the business was opened.


When officers arrived, 42 year-old Gene Frangipane (DOB 9-30-75, 308 Farnol St. SW, Winter Haven) was found at the back door wearing a black mask and holding a screwdriver in one hand and a bag with burglary tools in the other hand. When Frangipane saw officers, he ran through the alley behind the business.

K-9 Officer Collazo released his partner, Miko, and Frangipane was apprehended a short distance away. Good Pup!

A criminal history check uncovered that Frangipane had a warrant from Lake County for failure to appear on a Battery charge. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with Burglary to a Structure, Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Mischief, Resisting without Violence, Wearing a Mask in the Commission of a Felony and the Out of County Warrant.

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