NR 17-27 Alert Citizens Assist Deputies in Arrest
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 27-year-old Michael Stankowitz of Melbourne in reference to a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred yesterday in Melbourne Beach. Stankowitz was charged with Burglary of a conveyance (4 Counts), Grand Theft (3 Counts), Petit Theft, Criminal Mischief, Violation of Probation, and Child Neglect (2 Counts). Stankowitz was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he remains incarcerated on a No Bond status.
The arrest occurred shortly after noon, when deputies responded to the beach access at Oak Street and South Atlantic, Melbourne Beach, in reference to the burglary of a vehicle. Deputies met with the victim who provided the description of a possible suspect who had been acting suspicious in the area along with a description of the vehicle the man was driving. While deputies were investigating this case, they were flagged down by a passerby who advised that a male was breaking into a vehicle at the next beach access to the north. The passerby advised that the suspect in that case was driving a grey minivan. As deputies responded to the area, they observed a vehicle matching that description leaving the beach access. Deputies initiated a traffic stop, at which time the driver attempted to flee on foot. The driver, later identified as Stankowitz was taken into custody without incident.
Upon searching the vehicle, deputies observed two children, a 4-year-old and 2-year-old, in the vehicle. The children were in car seats however were not restrained with seat belts. The children were turned over to the suspect’s wife who responded to the scene. Also located was property from vehicles that had been broken into. Agents from the South Precinct General Crimes Unit responded to the scene and completed the investigation into the series of burglaries that occurred in the area.
Stankowitz, who is currently on probation for burglary and trafficking in stolen property was charged with an onsite Violation of Probation as well as child neglect for endangering the children.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to please contact Agent Joseph Bracey with our South Precinct General Crimes Unit at (321)253-6683.
For additional information concerning this News Release, please call PIO Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-501-7594.