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Police say stakeout responsible for rooftop burglars' arrest

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Officers say these are the two men found on the roof. Officers say these are the two men found on the roof.
Filberto Rivera. Source: Vanderburgh County Detention Center Filberto Rivera. Source: Vanderburgh County Detention Center
Myles Robinson. Source: Vanderburgh County Detention Center Myles Robinson. Source: Vanderburgh County Detention Center

The Vanderbugh Sheriff's Office has identified two suspects they say were found on a roof, breaking into the Taste of China restaurant.

Myles Robinson and Filberto Rivera have now been charged in the Taste of China burglary and will likely be charged in a series of other similar burglaries.

Those are currently being investigated by the Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, Warrick County Sheriff's Office and in other Kentucky jurisdictions.

The early morning arrest involved old fashioned police work, including identifying and staking out the suspects.

"You could see the rooftop of the business that they were on. We know that they were both on top and they were trying to work on the air conditioning," says Sgt. Rob Clark, with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, describing how a detective found the two men.

Following up on a lead from the burglary at Showplace East, investigators developed a description of a possible suspect vehicle. That description was shared with all area law enforcement.

Two Evansville Police Officers recalled citing the driver of a vehicle matching the description just hours before the Showplace burglary occurred. The information obtained in the traffic stop about the driver and the passenger at the time was also circulated among area law enforcement

Investigators from the Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, and the Warrick County Sheriff's Office worked together to monitor the activity of the individuals identified during the car stop.

Early today, investigators from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office and Evansville Police Department were monitoring the suspects as they traveled around Evansville.

During their travels, the two stopped at other businesses similar to those that have recently been burglarized. Because no actual burglary occurred at any of those locations, the investigators did not stop them and continued to monitor their activity.

The suspects went to the Taste of China on University Drive where investigators observed them going to the rooftop.

"At one point and time, one of the suspects disappeared and went inside the business," says Clark.

When the investigators monitoring the suspects believed that the suspects had gained entry to the business, several uniformed units of both the Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office were sent to get them.

The Evansville Fire Department was also called to the scene to provide a ladder to help the officers surprise and arrest the two on the roof.

"We were able to gain access to the roof from that end and then also from this end and they just closed in and they could see them in plain view of on the roof. They were hand-cuffed really with out incident," says Clark.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office has charged both suspects in the Taste of China burglary and in the burglary of Gracie's Restaurant that occurred on June 11th.

Evansville Police Department detectives are in the process of preparing case files for submission to the Prosecutor's Office for review charging the two suspects in several similar burglaries that have occurred in recent months.

Investigators from Warrick County, Henderson Kentucky and Owensboro Kentucky will be reviewing information and evidence obtained in Wednesday's arrest and comparing it to similar open investigations in their communities.

Sheriff Eric Williams and Police chief Billy Bolin echoed each other in saying that the arrest of these two is due largely in part of good solid investigative work on the part of several officers and deputies and the solid working relationship that exists between many of the local law enforcement agencies.

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