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Man Arrested For Stealing Two Vehicles on Same Day

Posted November 9th, 2017

27 year-old Christopher Vigil (12th St E, Winter Haven) was found at a residence in Wahneta with both vehicles on the property.

The events played out like this:

On 11-8-17 at 7:30 a.m., Winter Haven Police received a report of a stolen vehicle from Lake Buckeye Condominiums (11th St NE). The victim (32 year-old Wallace Pede) stated that his 2005 Buick Lacrosse had been taken from the parking area in front of the residence. Also, on 11-8-17 at 7:53 a.m., officers responded to the same Condominium complex (29 year-old Moises Santiago) regarding the report of a stolen motorcycle. Santiago stated that his 2009 Yamaha R1 was parked in the parking area on 11-7-17 at 11:15 p.m. and discovered stolen on the morning of 11-8-17.

The same day (11-8-17), officers received information that the motorcycle, which had a GPS tracker installed, was tracking to the area of 17th St W in the Wahneta area of Winter Haven. Winter Haven Police contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and both agencies responded to the location. At approximately 3:30 p.m., the motorcycle was tracking to 206 17th St W. As officers approached the residence, the stolen 2005 Buick was seen abandoned in a wooded area next to the residence.

Officers and deputies made contact with the resident of the home, 67 year-old Roynell Giuliana who said she saw the Buick parked at the residence earlier in the morning. She asked Vigil (who is a friend of her son) about the vehicle and he stated that he had borrowed the vehicle from his aunt. Officers then spoke to 32 year-old Reese Giuliano who told them that around 10 a.m. that morning Vigil drove to the residence on a black and red motorcycle, subsequently driving the motorcycle into the residence and barricading himself in the residence along with the motorcycle. (Roynell Giuliana lives in the main residence and Reese resides in a smaller residence on the same property behind the home.)

Officers and deputies made numerous attempts to have Vigil come out of the residence where he was barricaded, to no avail. Clear commands were given at the door as well as over a PA system of a patrol car outside of the residence. Ultimately, entry was gained and Vigil was taken into custody without further incident. The stolen motorcycle was also located inside where Vigil was found.

Vigil was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with two counts of Grand Theft Auto (F.S.S. 812.014(2)C) F-3 and two counts of Resisting Officer W/O Violence (F.S.S. 843.02) M-1. Vigil was also charged with Violation of Probation. He is currently on felony probation for escape.


Christopher Vigil