Three men and two juveniles were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of breaking into a Marion County home and snorting the ashes of a man and two Great Danes after mistaking the ashes for cocaine.
Waldo Soroa, 19, Matrix Andaluz, 18, and Jose David Diaz Marrero, 19, (pictured right) were arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, a woman returned to her home on Locust Lane in Silver Springs Shores on Dec. 15 and discovered several items missing, including electronics, jewelry and the ashes of her father and two Great Danes.
During an investigation, detectives learned that the ashes were taken because the suspects mistook them for cocaine, the Sheriff's Office said.
According to detectives, the suspects disposed of the ashes after realizing what they were. Detectives are working with the Marion County Sheriff's Office dive team to locate the ashes.
Soroa faces seven charges and has a bond of $17,000. Andaluz faces six charges and has a bond of $11,500. Marrero faces four charges and has a bond of $9,000. The two juveniles face charges that include attempted residential burglary and impairing a phone line to a home.
In a different incident, detectives charged all five suspects with attempted residential burglary and impairing the phone line to a home on Oak Circle in the same community. The victims, a married couple, were awakened Friday by loud banging noises, deputies said. At one point, the victims were face-to-face with one of the suspects, according to deputies. That suspect took off running, while the others drove away in cars, deputies said.
No one was injured.
Silver Springs Shores is about 70 miles northwest of Orlando.