Month: April 2012

Four Arrested in Farm Thefts

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                April 11, 2012 Time:                11:00 AM   On April 10, 2012 Detective Roger Bell arrested Robert Carter, Christopher Chapin, James Perry and Darren Reese on multiple felony charges.   The investigation began in February 2012 when Levy County farmers began reporting theft of copper wire from irrigation pivots.  The thieves during the cover of darkness would steal the copper wire from the pivots in very remote areas in Williston and Chiefland.    From February through April the subjects stole copper wire from over seven different farms.  The subjects sometimes hit farms multiple times and even struck two pivots that was brand new that never have been used.   The copper wire was valued at over $50,000 dollars not to mention the aggravation of the farmers not being able to water their crops and the damage to the pivots.      Major Evan Sullivan organized a Task Force, “Street Crimes Unit”, within the Sheriff’s Office to combat this crime wave of farm thefts.  Collectively this unit devised a plan and through good old fashion police work was able to develop leads in the pivot thefts.    On April 10, 2012 the drag net tightened and Detective Roger Bell, Deputy Scott Stancil and Sgt. Mike Narayan located Chapin, Reese and Carter at 14431 NE 50th Place in Williston.  While Detectives and Deputies conducted interviews with witnesses and suspects they located evidence that the suspects were burning the wire behind the house.  The suspects would burn the plastic coating to bare copper wire and scrapped the copper to local salvage yards in Williston. While conducting the investigation at the Williston home Detectives noticed marijuana plants behind the house.  Robert Carter admitted to growing marijuana and he was charged with cultivation of marijuana, which is a felony charge.  Carter was a suspect in a burglary case that was unrelated to the pivot thefts.  Carter was arrested for burglary, grand theft auto and dealing in stolen property by Corporal Mike Bell.  The suspects were transported to the Sheriff’s Office for further questioning based on witness testimony.  Detective Roger Bell obtained confessions from Carter, Chapin and Reese stating they were responsible for stealing wire from seven irrigation pivots in the Williston and Chiefland areas.  The suspects also advised that James Allen Perry from Bronson was involved in the thefts.  Sgt. Mike Narayan and Major Evan Sullivan located Perry at a Bronson home and he was brought in for questioning.  Perry admitted to stealing and assisting by being a look out and driving the car to the farmer’s field.    The investigation revealed that in addition to the suspects confessing to all the pivot thefts in the Williston & Chiefland areas they had also planned to do six more pivot thefts last night in Chiefland.     Since the inception of the full time Ag/Marine Unit Lt. Hunt has been extremely busy.  Sullivan would like to remind all farmers that we have an Ag Watch Program.  The Ag Watch Program was developed in 2008 as a means to identify ownership of agriculture properties in Levy County.  The program consists of no Trespassing Signs and has a code on the Ag Watch signs listing the property/business owner’s name and a code number, which provides deputies on patrol instant access to owner information and agent/lease agreements.  The Ag Watch Program is open to qualified agriculture persons whose interest is in, and limited to, agriculture related activities.  The Ag Watch Program is free and if anyone is interested in participating in the program, please contact Lt. Sean Mullins.   As a reminder to Levy County residents please be vigilant by watching and reporting any suspicious activity to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.  With your eyes and ears together we can prevent and solve crime.   Defendant:   Robert James Carter 14431 NE 50th Place Williston, Fl W/M,03/30/1992 Grand Theft                               5 Counts Felony Criminal Mischief            5 Counts Burglary                                    1 Count Auto Theft                                 1 Count Dealing in Stolen Property          1 Count Bond: $805,000   Christopher Alan Chapin 14431 NE 50th Place Williston, Fl. W/M, 06/09/1987 Grand Theft                              2 Counts Felony Criminal Mischief           2 Counts Bond: $ 300,000       James Allen Perry 10261 NE 68th Lane Bronson, Fl. W/M, 10/14/1989 Grand Theft                              3 Counts Felony Criminal Mischief           3 Counts Bond:  $450,000   Darren Harvey Reese 14431 NE 50th Place Williston, Fl W/M, 06/30/1989 Grand Theft                              6 Counts Felony Criminal Mischief           6 Counts Bond:  $750,000     ###


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218

Convicted Felon Arrested

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                April 9, 2012 Time:                11:15 AM          On April 8, 2012 Deputy Mat King stopped a vehicle in the City of Bronson for a minor traffic violation.  Upon making contact with the driver, Christopher Lee Holder, Deputy King observed a rifle next to him in the truck.   Through the investigation it was determined that Holder was a convicted felon for fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer and a crash investigation involving a hit & run.  Deputy King seized a Remington .22 rifle, Rossi .38 caliber pistol, 20.5 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia (pipe).    Holder was arrested for possession of firearms by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana more than 20 grams (felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia.   Major Evan Sullivan stated that he is very proud of his deputies.  Our deputies are proactive and always vigilant while out on patrol.  Sometimes we hear from the citizens that a deputy stopped them for a routine traffic stop and the deputy seemed extremely cautious.  Sullivan reiterates that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. This investigation began when Holder did not have a tag displayed on his truck and resulted in several felony arrests and two firearms removed from the streets and a bad guy in jail.   Defendant:   Christopher Lee Holder 8471 NE 118th Lane Bronson  W/M 6/10/82     ###      


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218

Chiefland Man Arrested for Steriods

MEDIA RELEASE Date: April 9, 2012 Time: 11:00 AM April 8, 2012 Deputy Roger Bell stopped a vehicle in the city of Chiefland for a minor traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver, Jonathan Racer he noticed a pill bottle and two syringes on the seat next to Racer. Through the investigation it was determined that Racer did not have a valid driver’s license and inside the syringes was anabolic steroids. Racer was arrested for no valid driver’s license, possession of controlled substance without a prescription and drug paraphernalia. Sullivan states that traffic stops can be extremely dangerous because you are always going into the unknown. Fortunately Deputy Roger Bell did not get accidentally stuck by the bad guy’s needles. Defendant: Racer, Jonathan M. N.W. 80th Street Chiefland, FL W/M, 07/19/1973 ###


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell: 352-577-4218

Camper at Manatee Springs Park Arrested for Disorderly Intoxication

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                April 9, 2012 Time:                11:00 AM          Deputies responded to Manatee Springs State Park in reference to a disturbance.  Campers in the park reported to the Sheriff’s Office that a female was yelling obscenities in the park preventing them from going to sleep.  Upon arrival Deputy Darrell Cothron observed Rebecca Quinn on foot in the park & she was screaming and cursing.    Quinn was given the opportunity to calm down and go to bed, but she refused the lawful order. She was arrested for disorderly intoxication and transported to the Levy County Jail.     Defendant:   Quinn, Rebecca 9808 191st Road Live Oak, FL W/F  04/06/1961     ###


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218

Farm Thefts


MEDIA RELEASE

Date: April 2, 2012
Time: 9:20 PM

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in copper wire thefts. Lt. Shawn Hunt the Commander of the Ag/Marine Unit has investigated five copper wire thefts from irrigation pivots in the month of March. The thefts have occurred in the Williston & Chiefland areas and most likely are occurring at night time.

The farm thefts are felony offenses and the suspects are looking at serious time in prison if arrested and convicted. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500.00 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information can contact Lt. Hunt at 352-486-5111 or you can remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.


We encourage the citizens to call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and report any suspicious vehicles parked on the side of the road near irrigation pivots or vehicles in the fields at night time. Major Evan Sullivan stated that these thieves are causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to the farmers for a minimum monetary return.

With the help of the citizens we can solve these thefts and put these subjects in jail for a long time.


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Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell: 352-577-4218