Gulfport Police Arrest Car Burglars

Cathy Salustri

  A 911 call shortly after midnight Tuesday morning (October 23) led to the arrest of two Pinellas Park men for several vehicle burglaries and one structure burglary

  Gulfport officers responded to a caller who told the 911 operator he saw two men trying to open car doors along the 4800 block of Tradewinds Drive in Gulfport. When they men saw the police and attempted to flee on foot, Gulfport officers established a perimeter and called for canine and airborne reinforcements from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). 

  “Once somebody starts to run and the officer’s obviously not able to make a quick apprehension on foot,” Gulfport Chief Rob Vincent explained, the officer returns to their car, sets up a perimeter, and calls the PCSO to send its helicopter and canine unit. A deputy from neighboring South Pasadena also responded to assist the four Gulfport officers.

  While fleeing, the men attempted to break into a local house. Gulfport Officer Samantha Obart arrested Robert Short, 27, and Jay Burns, 44 for multiple burglaries. 

  The booking report lists Short as the principal, which Chief Vincent explained as assisting in the commission of a crime.