Men bust through walls in Bartow burglary | Crime
Bartow, FL -- Bartow Police arrested David Overholt in connection with a business burglary that occurred at the Coin Laundry in the 1200 block of N Holland Pkwy last week.
Detectives say Overholt, a transient from Lakeland, and two accomplices entered the 24-hour business and forced their way through the wall into two adjacent businesses, Tips and Toes Nail salon and ATA Stereo.
Once they entered the stereo shop, the men set off the business alarm and fled the scene. Through surveillance video detectives were able to identify Overholt. He was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants, after being located at the Bearcreek Apartment complex on N. Holland Pkwy.
During an interview with detectives, Overholt confessed to being involved in the burglary and said the intended target was ATA Stereo. He also said he and his accomplices had cased the store several days prior to the break-in, and figured out how they would get inside.
Overholt, 32, denied taking any property, saying he became scared once the alarm activated, and fled from the scene. He was charged with 3 counts Burglary.
One of Overholt's accomplices, 31-year-old Tyrone Cooper, of Bartow, was later identified by police as one of the suspects. He told police he acted as a lookout while Overholt committed the burglaries. He was charged with 3 counts of Burglary on May 23.
During the same investigation into the burglaries, Amy Mitchell, a clerk at the Coin Laundry, claimed the store's petty cash box was stolen during the incident. When detectives, reviewed the surveillance footage they saw her carrying an unknown object wrapped in a dress and exiting the store.
Mitchell, 26, later confessed to stealing the cash box. She has been charged with Theft and Providing False information to a Law Enforcement Officer and Perjury.