Police pin trio of burglaries on Palmetto suspect

July 30, 2013 

A 33-year-old Palmetto man was in jail Tuesday charged with three July burglaries, including one in the 6200 block of Braden Run.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives say Robert Lee Montague, who lives in the 4600 block of Fourth Avenue East, Palmetto, went through a lanai screen door July 8 and smashed out a sliding glass door to enter a Braden Run home.

A sheriff’s office arrest report claims Montague took a safe containing passports, coin collections, personal paperwork, cash, military award, credit cards, i-Pad, Acer laptop, Toshiba laptop and several pieces of jewelry from the house.

After a tip, detectives allege Montague broke into safes in other Manatee County residences and began tracking him. A pawn transaction search showed Montague’s name on several sales after July 8, including jewelry pawned at Pisani’s Jewelers and Gold Pro’s, according to the arrest report.

A 2001 white Ford Taurus was involved in several burglaries, detectives allege. The Taurus was reportedly seen at a July 12 burglary in the 600 block of 137th NW and a deputy reportedly saw it driven July 18 by Montague and Dawnielle Payton.

When Montague and Payton were arrested on outstanding warrants, a flat screen television was in the backseat of the Taurus, detectives report. The Taurus is reportedly owned by Payton’s mother.

Using a search warrant, detectives reportedly found a lock box in the trunk of the Taurus containing collectible coins and other items from the burglary at 137th NW.

Other items found in the trunk include: jewelry, LG television, Skil drill and a Black and Decker tool set, all reportedly identified by burglary victims. Montague was being held in the Manatee County jail on $7,500 bond, according to the sheriff’s office website.

Payton was being held Tuesday in the same jail with no bond on a contempt of court drug charge, according to the website.

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