Two Homestead teens busted in thefts of dive gear from Keys shops

Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office say a couple of Homestead teens burglarized two Key Largo dive shops Wednesday.

The alleged thieves, Michel Lalcebo, 19, and Maikol Rivero, 17, were caught by Sgt. Jason Madnick ripping tags off stolen dive equipment, agency spokeswoman Becky Herrin said. They were near a Mitsubishi Lancer.

The car was on the side of State Road 905 with the car's hazard lights flashing when Madnick stopped around 1 a.m. to see if the teens were OK, Herrin said.

The teens were pulling red and green tags off what Madnick described as new pieces of dive gear -- a buoyancy compensator, dive fins, dive bags and several wet suits.

After telling Madnick they just bought the gear for $50, Rivero changed his story and said they bought it from an unknown person in Islamorada for $450. Madnick looked inside the car and saw more dive equipment.

After a radio check, Madnick found out that two dive shops -- Scuba Outlet at mile marker 106 and Sea Dwellers Dive Center at mile marker 99.8 -- had been burglarized a few hours earlier.

Madnick found burglary tools inside the Lancer, including fence cutters, gloves and hand-held radios, Herrin said.

Both teens face multiple counts of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief, as well as charges for using a two-way device to commit a felony.