Naples man pleads guilty to multiple burglaries in Collier and Sarasota counties

Emery Morel Lorenzo. Credit: Naples Police Department

A Naples man connected to a series of 2019 burglaries in Collier and Sarasota counties plead guilty before his sentencing Wednesday.

Emery Morel Lorenzo, 42, of North Miami Beach, was linked by investigators to burglary offenses during the months of February, March and April 2019. He had been released from prison in January 2019 after serving a 10-year sentence for racketeering and burglary offenses which were investigated by several agencies, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Lorenzo was linked to Friday-evening burglaries in Naples and Saturday-evening burglaries in Sarasota County, a similar pattern to the one he was linked to in late 2003 and early 2004.

Detectives from the Naples, Sarasota and Longboat Key police departments teamed up with investigators from the FDLE, FBI and United States Coast Guard to investigate eight different burglaries linked to Lorenzo that resulted in the theft of at least $758,500 in jewelry.

An accomplice in the Sarasota and Longboat Key burglaries, Christopher Valdez of Key West, was identified and arrested on May 29. Valdez has not been sentenced, as he awaits pending cases in Monroe County as well as Sarasota.

Lorenzo was apprehended in Miami on June 6. He plead guilty to all eight burglary offenses and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

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