Hendry officers receive Letters of Excellence

HENDRY COUNTY — On Jan. 3, 2019, in the early-morning hours, undercover deputies were conducting surveillance when they witnessed a vehicle pull up and park on the shoulder of the road and walk to another community. Undercover deputies found this activity very suspicious and requested assistance from the road patrol unit. It was determined that the vehicle was in fact stolen; but, rather than taking custody of the vehicle, deputies waited for the subject to return, at which time he was apprehended by the Sheriff’s K-9 Officer Hunter Kearns and Sgt. Echevarria.

On Feb. 5, 2019, in the early-morning hours, K-9 Officer Kearns along with Deputy Coronilla and Sgt. Echevarria responded to the north side of the river in reference to a suspicious person walking in the area of a suspicious vehicle that was found to be stolen. Deputies again waited for the subject to return and were able to arrest subjects in the theft of the vehicle.

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News
Hendry County officers accept Letters of Excellence presented by Sheriff Steve Whidden (center).

On Feb, 8, 2019, during the early night hours, Sgt. Echevarria was contacted by Deputy Conyers. Deputy Conyers provided Sgt. Echevarria with information in reference to a vehicle theft that was going to take place sometime in the night. Deputy Conyers provided the address to the vehicle and the approximate time it would occur.

Sgt. Echevarria contacted the undercover investigator to watch the location of the vehicle. Later in the night, Cpl. Kearns and Sgt. Echevarria responded to the area and began watching the vehicle. Deputy Vasquez and Lt. Favara were stationed at a predetermined location and, if the theft took place, he would move into the area as the marked patrol vehicle.

While watching the vehicle, the undercover investigator, K-9 Officer Kearns and Sgt. Echevarria observed a male enter the vehicle and attempt to start it. K-9 Officer Kearns and Sgt. Echevarria converged on the subject, and he was apprehended by K-9 Rugar. The subject was taken into custody.

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