10 held, 13 charged in North Florida’s Putnam County
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/08/2012 -- Ten people have been arrested in connection with a series of home burglaries in North Florida.
Three suspects still are being sought, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office stated. More than $60,000 in stolen goods has been recovered.
Sheriff’s officials said one member of the group would case the neighborhood and learn when residents were home.
“When they were leaving, when they were going to work, how long they were usually gone, when they were coming back, and they would watch a house for a while until they were comfortable they knew those patterns,” said Hancel Woods, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, according to News4.
Jewelry, electronics, and documents were among the items taken.
At least five burglaries were carried out during the day, deputies said. The Bostwick neighborhood was a target of multiple break-ins.
Kenny Stevens, whose home was burglarized, said firearms, a computer and a safe were taken.
“I noticed my front door was open, and I make sure my doors are closed when I leave, and it was open and I knew something was wrong then,” he said. “So I eased in the house, and it was trashed.”
Sheriff’s deputies said an arrest during a robbery in August helped lead them to the suspects in the group. Robert Dale is being held in Clay County with charges pending in connection with two investigations.
The 13 charged in the Putnam investigation were: Brian Brantley, Michael Carter, Victor Concepcion, Donna Headley, Sean Headley Jr., Richardo Herrera, Angel Jones, Loman Largen, Christopher Maze, Von Mitchell, William Mitchell, Cornell Pena, and Andrew Sullivan.
The Sheriff’s Office credited a special task force with the arrests.
“The perseverance of these dedicated detectives is what it took to catch these criminals,” said Putnam Sheriff Jeff Hardy, according to News4.
Bostwick residents expressed gratitude and relief at the arrests.
“I don’t have to worry about someone coming into my home with my small children during the night,” said Stella Mathis, who lives in the area.
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