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Date of Issue: October 14, 2009

Two arrested in Bradenton Beach vehicle burglary

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Bradenton Beach Police arrested Derek D. Lauterbach, 27, and Clarissa L. Sportelli, 18, both of Holmes Beach, on vehicle burglary charges.

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Lauterbach.

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Sportelli.

According to Bradenton Beach Police, Lauterbach and Sportelli were seen looking into vacant vehicles in the Moose Lodge parking lot, at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive, at about 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

The suspects allegedly located a silver Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck with a North Carolina license plate that had its driver-side front window down slightly. Lauterbach was observed picking up Sportelli and holding her, allowing her to reach through the open window and unlock the driver-side door., according to a police report.

Once inside the vehicle, she removed a radar detector and a cell phone from the front cab of the truck. The pair then walked away and got back in a red Jeep Cherokee.

A witness copied the license number of the Jeep and called police. BBPD Officer Roy Joslin investigated the incident and, on questioning, the pair admitted the theft.

Lauterbach and Sportelli were arrested on charges of burglary to a conveyance.

Mike Quinn is publisher of NewsManatee.com, a news partner of The Islander.