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Defendant in KB crime spree arrested again

A South Miami man who pleaded guilty to his role in a Key Biscayne crime spree in January was recently arrested on new attempted car burglary charges. He’s also accused of violating the terms of his probation.  

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Levare Holton, 19, is accused of trying to break into a car near South Miami Senior High School, according to an arrest report filed by Miami-Dade Police. A man called police after watching two males on a security camera. Officers later found Holton and another defendant at a nearby gas station and confirmed their identities with video footage, the report states. Officers arrested Holton early in the morning of Aug. 20.

Notably, the report does not state what Holton did other than “walking around two vehicles.” A co-defendant was accused of trying to open the passenger side door handle of a Chevy Silverado. 

In July, Holton had pleaded guilty to burglarizing cars in Key Biscayne and part of his sentence included two years’ probation, which a court could revoke if it is satisfied there is enough evidence. A judge is to hear a report on probation status next week.

The other defendants in the January Key Biscayne cases, which included armed robbery on E. Enid Drive, were all juveniles. Most have taken plea deals. 

The crimes led to calls for increased street lighting and village wide security cameras, and additional police officers. All are included in the proposed 2023 budget that is set for a final vote Sept. 21. 

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Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.

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