Home Invasion

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Terra L. Bertocci (Victim – Uninjured)
DOB: 08/20/1988
Address: 6549 51st Avenue North, Apartment #136, St. Petersburg
Vehicle Owner: 2008 Lexus ES350

Richard B. Cann (Suspect #1 – Arrested)
DOB: 10/29/1994
Address: 1118 19th Street South, St. Petersburg
Charges: Home Invasion Robbery with Deadly Weapon, Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Fleeing and Eluding, Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Property Damage, and No Valid Driver’s License.

Suspect #2
Description: Black male, approximately 6’02” tall, very dark skinned, with very short “twist” dreads, wearing a maroon shirt and black pants.

Deputies are investigating a home invasion robbery in St. Petersburg, after two men robbed a victim at gunpoint in her apartment and fled from the scene in the victim’s vehicle. Deputies located the vehicle and initiated a vehicle pursuit that lead to the suspects crashing the vehicle into a tree and both suspects fleeing on foot. Deputies arrested one suspect and are still searching for the second suspect.

The robbery occurred at about 8:29 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

The robbery occurred at a residence located at 6549 51st Avenue North, in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

The stolen vehicle was involved in a minor two vehicle crash at the intersection of 54th Avenue North and 49th Street North, in St. Petersburg.

The stolen vehicle crashed and was recovered near 5401 51st Terrace North in Kenneth City.

According to Deputies, the victim 28-year-old Terra Bertocci was in her apartment when two men knocked on her apartment door. Bertocci answered the door when one of the suspects threatened Bertocci with a handgun and demanded the keys to her car. Bertocci gave the men her car keys and both men fled the scene in her 2008 Lexus ES350.

While deputies were responding to the scene, they observed the victim’s Lexus near the intersection 49th Street North and 54th Avenue North. Deputies tried initiating a traffic stop on the Lexus but the vehicle fled northbound on 49th Street North. Deputies initiated a vehicle pursuit attempting to stop the Lexus when the vehicle turned around heading back southbound on 49th Street.

Deputies say that during the pursuit, the Lexus was involved in a minor traffic crash with no injuries at the intersection of 49th Street North and 54th Avenue North. The Lexus sustained a flat tire and continued westbound on 54th Avenue North to 54th Street North, where the vehicle turned south into a residential area.

Deputies following the stolen Lexus performed a tactical (PIT) maneuver, utilizing their vehicle to make contact with the Lexus and force the Lexus to lose control. The Lexus struck a tree and was disabled. Both suspects fled the scene on foot.

K-9 deputies responded and started an extensive searching for the suspects.

Deputies located the driver of the stolen Lexus, 21-year-old, Richard Cann hiding in a swimming pool behind a residence located at 5020 54th Street North. The second suspect was not apprehended.

Deputies say they recovered a handgun in the stolen Lexus.

Deputies described the second suspect as a black male, approximately 6’02” tall, very dark skinned, with very short “twist” dreads, wearing a maroon shirt and black pants.

Cann was arrested without incident and transported to the Pinellas County Jail.

Cann was charged with home invasion robbery with a deadly weapon, grand theft motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, and no valid driver’s license.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

The investigation continues.

Booking photograph for Richard Cann.

Posted by Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:16:00 AM Categories: Crimes Against Persons

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