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Suspect gets stuck in mud after burglarizing home


A 43-year-old man has been arrested after his vehicle got stuck in the mud during a robbery spree of vacant homes in the Port St. Lucie area.

Authorities say they received a call on February 17th about a suspicious vehicle parked near a home on NW Greenbank Circle.

When officials went to check out the area, they found an unoccupied 2014 Chevrolet truck stuck in the mud behind a home that was under construction, and a new refrigerator on the back patio.

Investigators then learned that there had been a string of burglaries reported at several homes that are under construction where appliances had been taken.

Deputies then got a search warrant for the vehicle and found several pawnshop slips registered to Arturo Bello inside of the car. Investigators then dusted the refrigerator and discovered a fingerprint belonging to Bello as well.

During the investigation, a neighbor gave authorities a video showing a black pickup truck backing up to the home. Authorities say the believe someone tried to get the Chevrolet out of the mud but could not and abandoned the vehicle.

That same day Bello tried reported the vehicle stolen but he did not take any follow up calls from police or answer his door.

Bello has been arrested and is facing four counts of burglary, three counts of grand theft, and 10 counts of petit theft.

Authorities believe Bello may have been behind more burglaries in the area and are asking for anyone who believes they have information about the burglaries to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477.