Thee construction workers charged with Tavernier condo burglary

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Jorge Rubio, Noppon Chunchalean and Michael Chavez
Jorge Rubio, Noppon Chunchalean and Michael Chavez

Three men working on a construction crew hired to clean up moldy items at Ocean Pointe Condominiums in Tavernier were arrested after they were caught in a condo they were not hired to work in, taking items from inside, police report.

Monroe County sheriff’s deputies responded to the condo complex on Jan. 16. When they arrived they met with two managers who pointed out the three suspects, sitting on a ledge outside. The managers put the deputies in touch with the condo owners. The owners said they have video cameras inside the condo which alert them when there is movement inside.

Police said the owners were alerted to movement inside at 4:15 p.m. When they checked the video feed, they saw the three men going through all the rooms, opening drawers and cabinets and taking things. The video also has audio, and they could hear the men talking about taking a Wii video game. One of the men said his kids would love the game. Another said he would be playing the game later on that evening.

The owners alerted employees of the condo complex who intercepted the three men as they left the unit.

The men told deputies they must have accidentally entered the wrong condo. There is a sign on the condo they entered, clearly saying not to enter and that no work was needed inside.

Some stolen items were located in one of the men’s bags; other items were found discarded in a dumpster nearby.

The three men all work for Bellon Construction Group. They are all from Homestead. 21-year-old Michael Chavez, 35-year-old Jorge Rubio and 25-year-old Noppon Chunchalean were all arrested and charged with burglary and theft.

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