Teenager arrested after burglary spree arrested again

A 16-year-old Big Pine Key boy arrested last month following a series of burglaries in the Lower Keys was arrested again Saturday for the same violations after running away from a children’s shelter.

Bryson Lee Tedford was previously charged with 11 criminal violations and felonies, including multiple counts of burglary, criminal mischief and theft.

He now faces additional charges of burglary and theft.

The Sheriff’s Office first responded to the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter on High Point Road at approximately 9:21 p.m. Friday after Tedford was reported missing.

The Sheriff’s Office then responded to a house on the 200 block of Tide Avenue in Tavernier at approximately 1:38 a.m. Saturday after owners there reported someone was trying to break in.

They stated the suspect rang the doorbell. A member of the house approached the suspect who stated he was waiting for someone to pick him up. He then walked toward a nearby vacant home under construction.

The suspect was seen in security footage taking alcoholic beverages from the rear of the inhabited house.

More Deputies and a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper arrived and began searching that area. Two juveniles, one being Tedford, were quickly located. Two backpacks and a cooler were also found with assorted, cold alcoholic beverages inside.

Tedford was identified as the suspect. The homeowners did not interact with or see the other juvenile found with Tedford.

Tedford was arrested in late August for burglarizing multiple homes and businesses on Cudjoe Key and Summerland Key.


Man cited for undersized fish 

A 53-year-old Miramar, Florida man was given a mandatory notice to appear in court citation for possessing four undersized mangrove snapper.

Deputy Ana Coello was on patrol at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday near Mile Marker 83 in Islamorada when she observed Luis Mejia fishing.

Mejia was found to have four mangrove snapper under the required 10-inch size limit.

The fish were returned to the water.