By Samantha Joseph
STUART - Three Fort Lauderdale men that police said could be linked to several robberies in Stuart are behind bars, thanks to a tip from an observant neighbor.
Sheriff's deputies conducted a traffic search after a woman called police to report what appeared to be a burglary taking place on her neighbor's property.
They stopped a 2011 Volkswagen matching the woman's description near High Meadows and Martin Downs Boulevard.
Detective Nick Briglia interviewed the driver and his two passengers, and linked the men to a burglary that had just taken place in the 1100 block of Southeast Osceola Street in Stuart.
Arrested on burglary charges were Melvin Mills of 3470 Northwest 18th St., Sean Dukes of 3060 Northwest 24th Court and Sharodd Baten of 1760 Northwest 35th Way.
Mr. Baten also faces charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and introduction of contraband into a county facility.
All three men are being held without bond at the Martin County Jail.
"The suspects are possibly involved in numerous other burglaries in Martin County, and a search warrant is being obtained for the vehicle they were operating," Stuart Police Department spokesman Mike Pope said in a press release.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective Briglia at (772) 220-3943, or call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers on (800) 273-TIPS.