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Deputies: Fifth suspect linked to Pasco school burglaries

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NEW PORT RICHEY -

A fifth suspect linked to a string of burglaries at Pasco County schools was arrested Friday for pawning a laptop stolen from Calusa Middle School.

Jonathan Allen Cordon, 23, 10800 Darius St., Port Richey, pawned an Apple Macbook on April 2 at Golden Nugget Pawn, 11217 U.S. 19 in Port Richey, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. He was given $200 for the laptop, deputies said.

The serial number traced the computer back to an inventory list of equipment belonging to the middle school.

He also had an outstanding warrant for armed burglary and aggravated assault on a person over 65.

Cordon remains in the Land O’ Lakes Jail with a $7,500 bond for dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership and a $35,000 bond for the armed burglary and aggravated assault charges.

Cordon’s roommate, Joseph Matthew Moore, 25, was arrested in February for selling a Macbook from Calusa, deputies said. He, too, remains in the Land O’ Lakes Jail with a $12,000 bond.

Pasco Sheriff’s Office detectives said a crew of at least six people was responsible for a handful of burglaries that took place in a five-month span.

The group gathered $164,131 in stolen equipment – mainly Apple products – and $1,475 in property damage between Oct. 15, 2012, and March 17 in burglaries to Ridgewood High School, Calusa and Chasco elementary schools and Chasco Middle School.

Alexis Ortiz, 19, was arrested March 18 followed by the arrest of a 17-year-old on March 20 and another 17-year-old on April 1.

Ortiz, who was released April 3, was re-arrested that same day for possessing child pornography. He was released the following day on $10,000 bond.

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