Month: February 2017

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$1,200.00  Reward

Reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in the shooting of a horse.  The horse was last seen in good condition on January 5, 2017 at a farm in the area of Levy County Road 326 near C.R. 343.  The horse was treated for gunshot wounds on January 6, 2016. 
“Emma,” a Chestnut Mare approximately 3 years old, has a long road to recovery including multiple surgeries.  If you have any information regarding the incident involving Emma’s shooting, please call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office or Dep. B. Wells at 352-486-5111.

Williston Man Arrested for Stealing Guns

February 13, 2017
On January 18, 2017 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office
responded to a home in Morriston regarding a report of stolen guns. The victim
reported discovering two guns were missing when he returned home, a .22 rifle
and a double barrel shotgun. Deputies could not find any forced entry into the
home and suspected the thief could be related to the victim.
This suspicion was verified when investigators with the
Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division located Patrick Allen Kelly
(5-16-81). Kelly was arrested today for an outstanding warrant for violation of
probation. Investigators discovered Kelly was trying to sell two guns to fellow
co-workers. Based upon the description of the guns a potential buyer gave to
investigators, they determined Kelly was possibly responsible for these thefts.
Kelly was previously convicted for dealing in stolen
property and was on probation for this offense. He also has five previous
felony convictions. Kelly made a statement to investigators and confessed to
taking the guns to support a drug habit.
Kelly was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and
is charged with grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon and dealing in stolen property. He is being held with NO BOND.

DNA Does Not Lie

February 8, 2017
On April 14, 2016 an elderly Morriston resident’s sleep was
horribly interrupted. The victim was awakened by a person kicking through her
locked bedroom door. The victim retreated to her bathroom and locked herself inside.
She immediately called a family member who lived nearby to summon help. The
family member called 911.
LCSO Deputies arrived to find the suspect had fled from the
scene prior to their arrival. Crime Scene Investigators arrived and processed
the scene. Investigators located several personal items had been dropped by the
suspect as he fled to a vehicle that was waiting nearby. Meanwhile, Crime Scene
Investigators combed over the interior of the home searching for evidence. Which
they found.
The suspect, who had not been identified, left behind
something better than his ID. He left his blood. Crime Scene Investigators
collected several small droplets of blood and had them analyzed by the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) laboratory. The FDLE, utilizing a system that
warehouses DNA profiles collected from known offenders, matched the DNA profile
collected by our Crime Scene Investigators to Matthew Eric Saunders (W/M
12-18-71). Saunders has amassed 31 felony charges in his life which allowed
prior investigators to collect his DNA and added it to the warehouse.
Investigators secured a warrant for the arrest of Saunders
and located him at his home in Citrus Springs yesterday. Saunders was arrested
for burglary of an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief and petit theft.
Saunders is being held at the Citrus County Jail and his bond has been set at

Proactive Patrol Nets Two Arrests

February 8, 2017
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division noticed a
recent spike in golf cart thefts in the Inglis area of our county. Lt. Scott
Finnen was dispatched to a call regarding suspicious person(s) in a SUV pulling
a trailer at 1:35 pm on January 23, 2017. He located a vehicle pulling a
trailer that contained a golf cart at the intersection of US 19 and SR 40. This
vehicle matched the description given by the 911 caller. Lt. Finnen observed a
traffic infraction and stopped the vehicle.
The driver, identified as Shayne A. Parry, (W/F 9-19-82) and
passenger Burt G. Massey (W/M 10-21-68) told Lt. Finnen they worked for a golf
cart repair center in Homosassa, Florida and picked up this cart at the request
of the owner. Lt. Finnen documented the serial number of the golf cart and took
pictures while on scene. This golf cart had not been reported stolen, therefore,
he released Parry and Massey.
Later this same evening, the LCSO received a theft of a golf
cart report in Inglis. Investigators contacted the victim and showed him the
photographs Lt. Finnen had taken earlier in the day. The victim positively
identified the golf cart as his.
Investigators obtained warrants for the arrest of Parry and
Massey based upon Lt. Finnen’s traffic stop investigation. Investigators
located Parry at her home in Homosassa yesterday where she was arrested. The
golf cart was also located at her home and recovered. Massey was located at his
home in Inglis and was arrested.
Parry is being held in the Citrus County Jail and has been
charged with burglary and grand theft. Her bond has been set at $75,000. Massey
is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility and has been charged with
burglary and grand theft. His bond has been set at $100,000.