Month: July 2009

Beware of Scams

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                July 16, 2009 Time:                7:00 PM   Chiefland, Florida-On July 16, 2009 the Chiefland Citizen newspaper informed the Levy County Sheriff’s Office of a person attempting to scam their customers.  The scammer is posing as an employee of a nonexistent business the “Chiefland Bulletin” and stating that they are updating credit card information.  The Chiefland Citizen newspaper or any reputable business will never call and inquire about personal information or credit card numbers.  If you have received any phone calls that you believe to be a scam please notify your local law enforcement agency.   You should never provide personal information which would include:  

  1. Legal Name
  2. Address
  3. Date of birth
  4. Driver License number
  5. Social security number

Trio Arrested In Burglary & Forgery Case

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                       July 15, 2009 Time:                      12:00 PM   Investigator Mark Morgan and Officer Gallup with the Williston Police Department arrested Michelle McNeal for burglary, uttering a forgery, uttering a forged instrument, dealing in stolen property, petit theft and habitual offender for driving with her license suspended.  Augustino Jazikoff was arrested for burglary, petit theft and retail theft along with Andrew Phillips for burglary, criminal mischief and petit theft.    On July 11, 2009 Michelle McNeal and Augustino Jazikoff entered the Winn Dixie Grocery store.  McNeal attempted to cash a Perkins State Bank check and Jazikoff stole two packs of Marlboro and Newport cigarettes and an American Express gift card.    The employee at Winn Dixie became suspicious when McNeal attempted to cash the check because the witness had first hand knowledge that the victims were out of town.  The employee at Winn Dixie attempted to stall McNeal and summons the Williston Police Department, but McNeal became nervous and left in a vehicle.  Officer Gallup immediately issued a bolo and Deputy Clint Anderson located the suspects in the Bronson area.     The vehicle was occupied by Michelle McNeal, Augustino Jazikoff and Phillip Andrews.  Deputy Clint Anderson located the stolen property Jazikoff had taken from the Winn Dixie store. The suspects were transported to the Williston Police Department and Officer Gallup arrested the suspects.  During the interviews Officer Gallup learned that the three suspects committed a burglary in the County and called Investigator Mark Morgan with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.  Investigator Mark Morgan arrested the trio for breaking into a residence at 14351 NE 75 Street Williston and stealing checks from the residence.  The witness did an excellent job recognizing that the victim on the stolen check was out of town and notified law enforcement.    Defendants:   Michelle Lee McNeal 14353 NE 75 Street Bronson, Florida White Female 12/18/87   Augustino Petraeca Jazikoff 14351 NE 75 Street Bronson, Florida White Male 09/03/85   Andrew G. Phillips 9150 NE 74 Place Bronson, Florida White Male 10/28/78 ###

Arrest Santiago Ruiz

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                July 14, 2009 Time:                1:45 PM   Fowlers Bluff, Florida-On July 13, 2009 Lt. Scott Tummond arrested Santiago Ruiz for armed burglary and grand theft.   On July 8, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to 15117 NW 46 Lane in Fowlers Bluff in reference to a reported burglary.  The victim reported that unknown person(s) forcibly entered the residence by kicking the front door in.  The suspect(s) stole Louis Vuitton luggage valued at 10,000, Men’s Cartier wrist watch valued at $ 5,000, jewelry and one firearm.  The total loss was over $17,000 dollars.   On July 11, 2009 Lt. Tummond received information that a person known as “Pony” was attempting to sell a Louis Vuitton luggage and a .38 caliber pistol in the Chiefland area.  Lt. Tummond was able to identify “Pony” as Santiago Ruiz and he resided at 1410 NW 16 Ave in Chiefland.  Ruiz was wanted in Dade County for burglary and also wanted in Monroe County for felony theft.    On July 13, 2009 Lt. Tummond went to Ruiz’s residence and recovered the Cartier wrist watch, four piece Louis Vuitton luggage and various jewelry items.  Ruiz confessed to the burglary and stated that he sold the pistol to an unknown black male in Chiefland.     Defendant:   Santiago Ruiz 1410 NW 16 Ave Chiefland, Florida White Male 05/15/69       ###  

Arrest Donald Bernier

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                       July 10, 2009 Time:                      2:45 PM   Chiefland, Florida-On July 9, 2009 Officer DJ Macy arrested Donald Bernier for unlawful possession of prescription medication, retail theft and resisting a merchant.    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in residential burglaries in the Chiefland area and the suspect would steal guns, jewelry and big screen televisions.  During an intense investigation Levy investigators learned that Lafayette County had similar burglaries with a white male driving a white Ford Explorer.  Investigators from Levy County made contact with Sheriff Lamb with Lafayette County and developed a multi county task force to investigate the burglaries.  The investigation revealed that the suspect is responsible for burglaries not only in Levy and Lafayette Counties but he has been committing burglaries in Alachua and possibly Gilchrist County.   Be on the lookout (BOLO) was given to the region and on July 9, 2009 and Officer DJ Macy with the Chiefland Police Department received a shoplifting call at Wal-Mart.  Donald Bernier was apprehended for shoplifting and also resisted a merchant during the arrest.  Officer Macy located prescription pills in Bernier’s pocket and he stated that he had a prescription for the narcotics inside his truck.  Upon Officer Macy walking Bernier to his vehicle to obtain the prescription he immediately recognized the white Ford Explorer in the bolo and called Lt. Tummond with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.    Levy County authorities quickly did a photo line up and victims in Lafayette and Alachua County positively identified Bernier as the suspect.  The burglary in Alachua County the victim was at home during the burglary and Bernier has been charged for occupied burglary and grand theft.  Bernier is currently in the Levy County jail and Lafayette and Alachua Counties have a warrant for Bernier for multiple burglaries.  At this time Bernier has not be charged in Levy County for any burglaries but Investigators continue the investigation.   If anyone has any contact with Bernier we are asking that you call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.  Bernier is believed to have committed numerous burglaries in Levy, Lafayette, Alachua, Gilchrist and possibly Dixie County.  Bernier was driving a white Ford Explorer with no tag on the truck and if anyone has seen a suspicious white Ford Explorer in there neighborhood is asked to call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.  The investigation continues and it is anticipated that Bernier will be charged for other residential burglaries.    Defendant:   Donald A. Bernier 1059 NE 206 Ave. Old Town, Florida White Male 12/17/68   ###

Cyr & Hughes Arrested For A String Of Burglaries

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                July 13, 2009 Time:                9:45 AM   Bronson, Florida-Investigator Mike Bell and Investigator Roger Bell arrested Kyle Cyr for committing armed burglary, burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.  Richard Hughes was also arrested for burglary and grand theft.   On July 7, 2009 Investigators interviewed Cyr for a burglary that occurred on February 23, 2009.  Cyr confessed to entering a residence at 11348 NE 65 Street Bronson, Florida and stealing a Dell computer valued at $ 600.00.  Cyr sold the stolen computer for $ 250.00.   On July 3, 2009 Cyr was texting one of the victim’s relatives to determine if the victims were home.  Upon learning that the victim was not at home Cyr unlawfully entered through a window at 11310 NE Hwy 27A.  Upon entry into the residence Cyr stole 16 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash and a small safe.    On July 7, 2009 Cyr and Hughes went to the residence located at 12340 NE State Road 24 to get paid for a demolition job.  Upon knocking on the door they did not receive a response from the home owner and saw a laptop computer inside the residence.  Cyr and Hughes found an unlocked door and entered the residence and stole the computer and a .22 bolt action rifle.  Unknown to the defendants the home owner was asleep during this burglary.  Cyr and Hughes have confessed and are currently in the Levy County Jail.   Defendants:   Kyle Cyr 8950 NE 105 Ave Bronson, Florida White Male 06/30/89   Richard Hughes 17511 SW 183 Ave Archer, Florida White Male 01/09/82   ###