Multiple Residential Burglaries Solved
March 18, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division arrested Matthew John Bennett (4-25-83) on March 15, 2016, who was a
suspect in multiple residential burglaries in the Chiefland area just west of
the City Limits. Victims reported jewelry and other valuables were taken.
Bennett was developed as a person of interest after deputies
responded to a residential burglary scene at a home located on NW 64 Terrace on
March 9th. Crime Scene Investigators located unique foot print
impressions near the home and collected blood from a broken window at the point
of entry. Investigators learned Bennett had recently been released from the
Florida Department of Corrections and had registered an address with his
probation officer which is near the victim’s home. Bennett wears a prosthetic
leg which gave explanation to the unique foot print impressions discovered at
this scene.
Before investigators could positively link Bennett to this
crime, he struck again. LCSO responded to a burglary report on NW 115 Street,
which is within walking distance of Bennett’s home. This homeowner discovered
his house had been burglarized when he returned home for lunch. The victim
reported jewelry and other valuables had been taken.
Local business cooperation led to these cases being solved.
Bennett and a female accomplice sold the recently stolen jewelry to a local
business. The business owner contacted LCSO to report this transaction.
Investigators located Bennett and the female walking away from the business, and
were able to follow them back to his home.
Investigators Tom Martin and Zeb Richburg contacted Bennett
and arrested him. They were able to recover jewelry and other merchandise
positively linking Bennett to three recently reported burglaries. The majority
of the recovered property has been identified by the owners and returned.
However, this investigation is still ongoing and Bennett is suspect in other local
crimes.
Bennett is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility where
he is charged with burglary and grand theft. His bond has been set at
$260,000. 
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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