February 3, 2010
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In the last two months, three alert Department of Corrections probation officers played instrumental roles in identifying the suspects in two bank robberies and a home invasion due to their attention to detail and determination to follow through.
Probation Officers Bill Luttman of Naples and John Kolody of Belleview near Ocala both thought they recognized offenders under their supervision in photographs of suspected bank robbers, and each contacted local law enforcement of their suspicions, resulting in the arrests of the suspects and recovery of some of the stolen money. Probation Officer Frazeur Benedict, also of the Belleview Probation and Parole Office, recognized the names and photographs of four co-defendants involved in an attempted home invasion robbery and armed burglary as friends of one of his offenders, who turned out to be the ringleader of the crime and was subsequently charged.
Specialist Bill Luttman, Naples P&POn December 17, 2009, Naples Probation Officer Bill Luttman received pictures of a suspected bank robber wearing sunglasses and a ball cap. Officer Luttman suspected the robber was one of the sex offenders under his supervision, Jeffrey Parker, DC#Y15833. He contacted the Naples Sheriff’s office to view the video, and was able to identify the probationer by recognizing certain mannerisms. Luttman investigated further and learned that the offender had paid for his polygraph with a $100 bill and had also paid his landlord with $100 bills for his rent. Based on this information, Officer Luttman and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Conducted a search of the offender’s residence and found $1,000 in $100 bills. The offender subsequently confessed to the bank robbery and was taken into custody. Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk attributed the successful apprehension of the suspect to Officer Luttman’s keen eye for detail and the excellent communication between the Department of Corrections and the CCSO.
CPSO John KolodyOn January 20, 2010, Belleview Correctional Probation Senior Officer John Kolody was reading the Ocala Star Banner online when he recognized his offender in photos linked to a January 19, 2010 bank robbery of the Silver Springs Branch of BB&T. He contacted Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes Detective Keith Miller, who took down the information to investigate. Detective Miller called Officer Kolody later to say that New York Parolee Denis McAuliffe, DC# 933726 had admitted his guilt and was in custody. Detective Miller stated that MCSO had also recovered a portion of the cash, as well as the weapon used in the robbery. Detective Miller said Officer Kolody was instrumental in the quick apprehension of the offender and was grateful for his assistance.
On January 19, 2010, Belleview Senior Officer Frazeur Benedict identified one of his offenders as being involved in an Attempted Home Invasion Robbery and Armed Burglary of a Conveyance. After viewing “Mug Shots,”a joint publication with the Ocala Star Banner and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Benedict reviewed the names and photos of four co-defendants involved in the aforementioned home invasion and recognized them as friends of offender Skylnn Pilot DC# U34812.
05-5 Belleview CPSO Frazeur BenedictHe also received information from an informant that furthered his belief of this offender’s involvement in the home invasion and armed burglary. Officer Benedict made contact with the lead detective in the case, and determined that she was a “Person of Interest.” Officer Benedict coordinated a joint meeting at the offender’s home where the offender was interviewed by the detective. Based on information obtained during the interview, probable cause for arrest was obtained and information indicated that she was the ringleader in organizing and executing this crime. The offender was promptly apprehended and charged with the crimes listed above.
For more information, contact Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.