ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - There has been a major development in a series of violent home invasions in Collier County. The Collier County Sheriff's Office confirms a special task force was in Orlando for the arrest of three men: Frank Bower, Andres Perez and Johnathan Contreras.
The task force was set up to catch the men who've allegedly robbed at least five homes in Collier County over the last couple months. During the crimes, the invaders tied up most of the victims.
Deputies say the trio was caught in the act trying to break-in to this Orange County mansion Monday night.
The Collier County Sheriff's office confirms to WINK News that the three men arrested in Orange County have links to a series of violent home invasions in Collier.
Orange County deputies say the men cut a hole in the mansion's back gate with wire cutters.
Little did they know, authorities watched their every move and even recorded them from the air.
Once the trio slipped through the gate, deputies quickly arrested Bower and Contreras.
They say Perez took off on foot and tried to hide, but not too long after a k9 hunted him down.
Deputies tell WINK News the men wore all black and hid their faces with masks.
Investigators also say they had bags full of duct tape, zip ties and guns.
Deputies also say one of those guns was stolen from Collier County.
Both Contreras and Perez have Collier County addresses.