Hernando County Sheriff’s Office – Media Release

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HCSO Arrests Individuals Responsible for Spring Hill Preschool Burglary

Date: July 24, 2020

On 07-18-2020 at 6 a.m., employees at A Brighter Future Preschool located at 2977 Commercial Way in Spring Hill reported being the victim of a Commercial Burglary.

The suspects stole a children’s play set valued at $400, a playhouse valued at $200, and a children’s picnic table valued at $50.

Additionally, the suspects dumped more than 100 cubic feet in volume of miscellaneous construction debris and personal trash in, around, and near the preschool’s dumpster, which is located on private property.

While detectives sifted through some of the debris, they were able to locate items with a suspect’s address and the names of other individuals who reside at that residence.

The two suspects were identified as Yasmel Rangel Alvarez DOB/12-02-1991 and Yoandry Dorta Martin DOB/01-26-1991.

On 07-21-2020, investigators responded to Alvarez’s residence on Valiant Avenue in Spring Hill. All of the stolen items from the preschool were located in the backyard. Detectives indicated the suspects appeared to be using the stolen items for personal use.

Detectives made contact with Alvarez and Martin who admitted to stealing the items from the preschool and illegally dumping the garbage in, and around, the dumpster.

Alvarez and Martin were each charged with one count of Commercial Burglary and one count of Illegal Dumping. They were transported to the Hernando County Detention Center where their bond was set at $10,000 each.

Detectives gathered all of the stolen items found at Alvarez’s home and returned them to A Brighter Future Preschool.