Parents were arrested for looting several houses abandoned because of Ian, but that’s not the worst part. Deputies say the couple left their toddler sleeping in the car while they hit the houses.
The child was taken by the Florida Department of Children and Families to a nearby hospital after the Collier County Sheriff’s Office found the baby boy crying and unattended in a car, appearing thirsty and hungry in the Bellagio Condos garage.
The boy was found before detectives arrested his parents for looting units on the property.
Alxis Tatiana Dibrigida, 28, of Centennial, Colorado, and Stephen Granieri, 47, of St. Petersburg, are the parents who deputies say were caught looting multiple units off Gulfshore Drive in North Naples.
In the Sausalito Condos, four units were broken into. One of the units had items stolen, glass shattered, and damages worth $10-20,000.
Another unit looked like the couple was living in it, with blankets and pillows on the couch and alcohol bottles all over the counter.
People on this street say they are upset about what happened, but they’re not surprised.
“We only thought that there’s probably going to be lots of looting because of all the empty buildings. I mean, there’s a curfew at 10 you’re supposed to be inside, but I don’t there’s no I don’t think there’s a place on either end of the street. And the houses are literally got it,” said Kara Eichenlaub.
Other victims found an entire closet full of clothes stolen, alcoholic drinks gone, and household items missing. All of this while a child was left unattended in Granieri’s car.
“To think that somebody would bring a child and then be looting. It’s unfathomable. I don’t understand that at all,” said Peggie Kassab.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says the child was warm, looked hungry and thirsty, and had several bug bites.
The Florida Department of Children and Families took the child to a nearby hospital to get checked out.
People say they are relieved to hear the couple is in custody.
“I hope they stay in custody, then. I mean, if you do the crime, you got to do the time,”
“But I think if there’s examples of that people are being arrested for this, maybe more people will think twice about coming in here and trying to do that,”
Victims could not give an accurate cost of the items stolen, but it’s estimated to be around 500 dollars.