Serial Burglar Arrested After He is ID’ed from Facebook Video

March 21, 2019
Local business owner Ryan Bell purchased the building
formally known as Deke’s Restaurant and installed a state of the art video
surveillance system. His simple decision to safeguard his own property led to
the arrest of Harold William Santry, Jr (8-19-64) of Chiefland. 
Mr. Bell and his wife used social media to flood our local
area with the video his surveillance system captured of the then unknown suspect.
One of their followers who was shopping at Wal-Mart identified Santry Tuesday
afternoon. Santry, who must have been totally unaware of the video, was inside
Wal-Mart shopping too. LCSO Deputies and Chiefland Police Department Officers
responded to Wal-Mart and apprehended Santry. 
Santry has a lengthy arrest history with arrests beginning in
1984. He has amassed 15 felony arrests with 9 felony convictions and two tours
through the Florida Department of Corrections. His crimes include battery on a law
enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, fleeing and attempting to elude
law enforcement, aggravated battery of LEO, theft, drugs and burglary just to
name a few.
Detectives executed a search warrant on his home and discovered
a wood chipper reported stolen in a Levy County case our deputies responded to
in 2015. Detectives also discovered Santry moved into Levy County in June of
2015. Multiple firearms were recovered and Santry has been charged with possession
of a firearm by a convicted felon as well as other crimes. 
LCSO Detectives will be working on this case for months. Many
seized items have been identified, but most have not. Santry appeared to target
the areas between Chiefland and Fanning Springs. Residents who lived in these areas
between June of 2015 and March of 2019 and have had something stolen from their
home are asked to contact our Criminal Investigations Division at 352-486-5111 to
schedule a meeting. We will allow you to view all the property which has not
been identified. The process of cataloging the items will take time and we are
asking for your patience.
We are also asking our public if you had any interaction with
Santry or even purchased something from him to contact us. He is a very
accomplished criminal and we want to ensure you that you are not in trouble. We
just need to identify any stolen property he may have sold to the unsuspecting.
Additional cases identified this way would allow us to file more charges on him
and ensure he does not ever get out of jail again to victimize another Levy
County resident. 

Santry is being held
in the Levy County Detention Facility in lieu of a $695,000.00 bond.

Citizen Complaint of Reckless Driver Results in Drug Arrest

March 18, 2019
On Sunday evening, March 17, 2019 a concerned citizen called
the Levy County Sheriff’s Office to report seeing a reckless driver on SR 121.
Deputy Tucker Gaffey was dispatched to the area and located the dark colored
van described by the citizen. Deputy Gaffey saw the vehicle was being operated
at a speed above the posted speed limit; the driver was swerving within his own
lane and was following the car in front of him too closely. Based on these
observations, Deputy Gaffey stopped the vehicle.
Deputy Gaffey identified the driver as Jonathan Adkins
(1-27-2000) of Louisville, Kentucky. While speaking to Adkins Deputy Gaffey
smelled marijuana. Deputy Gaffey asked Adkins if he had any marijuana in the vehicle
and was handed several hand rolled cigars that Adkins said were filled with
marijuana. Adkins also said there was more marijuana hidden in the gas cap area
of the van. This baggie was recovered and it contained a felony amount if
marijuana. Adkins was arrested.
Deputy Gaffey searched Adkins’ van prior to it being towed
and located an unusual can of WD-40 in the rear cargo area. The can had a false
bottom and when Deputy Gaffey unscrewed it, he found more drugs and money.
Deputy Gaffey’s discovery of this stash of drugs revealed 79 hits of LSD, MDMA,
THC wax, methamphetamines and cocaine along with $960.00 in cash.
Adkins was booked in to the Levy County Detention Facility
and was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of a hallucinogen
(LSD), three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a
prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at
$165,000.00.

Vehicle Equipment Violation Results in Drug Arrest

March 18, 2019
On Friday evening, March 15, 2019 Deputy Gary Garboski with his
K-9 partner Molly stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. Deputy Garboski
spoke to the driver and while doing so smelled the odor of marijuana. The
driver produced a marijuana vape pen, three THC cartridges and her medical
marijuana prescription card. Deputy Garboski knew the THC vape pens did not
smell like burning marijuana when used and pressed the driver and her passenger
for more information. 
Deputy Garboski searched the vehicle and located raw leaf marijuana,
three vape pens which contained THC oil (a felony) and a marijuana pipe in the
center console of car. The passenger, Robert Klein (4-2-86) from Fort White,
claimed ownership of all of these items and said the driver did not know he had
placed them there. Klein also said he had a firearm in the trunk of the
vehicle.
Deputy Garboski searched the trunk of the vehicle and
located a loaded .223 rifle and a loaded .40 caliber pistol. Concealed in a bag
next to these guns were more drugs. Deputy Garboski seized 86 alprazolam pills,
68 THC vape cartridges, THC wax, 31 MDMA pills, 106 hits of LSD, two THC energy
drinks and 1 ½ pounds of raw marijuana. Klein claimed ownership of all of these
drugs, too.
Klein was arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention
Facility. He was charged with trafficking in LSD, possession with the intent to
distribute marijuana, three counts of possession of a controlled substance without
a prescription, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and
possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $34,000.00.  

Speed Plus Warrant Plus Guns Leads to Arrest

March 13, 2019
Deputy Mike Sinclair was on patrol in the area of NE 40th
Street (CR 318) in Williston when he spotted a green SUV traveling at what
appeared to be above the posted 35 MPH speed limit. Deputy Sinclair confirmed
that the SUV was in-fact traveling at 55 MPH by using his in-car mounted radar
equipment and stopped the driver.
The driver, identified by his Florida driver’s license as
Luther Hawkins (5-4-87) from Citra, Florida had an active warrant issued in
Marion County. His warrant, child abuse without great bodily harm, had NO Bond.
Mr. Hawkins was also previously served an injunction for protection and was
prohibited from possessing firearms. Mr. Hawkins was arrested and the vehicle he
was driving was to be towed.
All Deputies are required to conduct an inventory of any
vehicle requested to be towed. Deputy Sinclair’s inventory found multiple
firearms to include: a short barreled 12 gauge shotgun, a Mac-10 .45 caliber
pistol, a fully loaded .38 caliber revolver, all the ammunition to support
these weapons and a pair of brass knuckles.
Mr. Hawkins was arrested for the outstanding warrant from
Marion County and additionally charged with possession of a short barreled
shotgun and possession of weapons in violation of the injunction for
protection.
Sheriff McCallum said proactive patrols often lead to
discoveries of people wanted for crimes in other jurisdictions. This cache of
weapons was removed from a person with violent tendencies which further
protects the victims of these crimes and others. LCSO deputies will continue
efforts to apprehend those who choose to disobey even the basic laws, such as
speeding.

Drug Task Force – 2 Days 2 Search Warrants

March 6, 2019
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force is
comprised of deputies who work diligently in the background, often unseen. The
cases they work are usually long and extended investigations involving complex
situations. Timing then becomes a critical element when their cases come to
fruition. 
On March 4,
2019 at 1 p.m. DTF Detectives and the members of the Tactical Response Unit
executed a search warrant at 330 Hardee Street in Bronson. The target of this
investigation, Juanita Milligan (3-24-81), had been under investigation for
over four months. Detectives located and seized powder cocaine,
methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Milligan had a 16 year
old child living in this same home where she was selling these illegal
narcotics to any buyer. Milligan was arrested and has been charged with the
following crimes:
·      
Possession
of Cocaine with the intent to sell within 1000 feet of school.
·      
Possession
of Methamphetamine with the intent to sell within 1000 feet of school.
·      
Maintaining
a drug dwelling.
·      
Cruelty
towards Child.
·      
Possession
of drug paraphernalia.

Her total bond has been set at $206,000.00.

Moving forward
to March 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. DTF Detectives, members of the Tactical Response
Unit and members of the Criminal Investigation Division executed a search
warrant at 10830 NE 110 Lane. Detectives had this home under active
surveillance prior to the warrant being served and observed the home owner and
target of this investigation, Eugene Bricketto (6-11-61), sell narcotics to an
unidentified person.
Detectives
arrived on scene and immediately took Bricketto into custody in the yard of his
home. Bricketto had over 1 ½ ounces of methamphetamines and heroin in the
pocket of his sweat shirt when he was apprehended. All of these drugs were
pre-packaged for street level sales. The following search of the property
located Michelle Keene (2-23-69), Bircketto’s girlfriend and co-habitant.
Detectives found methamphetamines in her pocket too.
Bricketto was
arrested and has been charged with the following crimes:
·      
Traffic in methamphetamine 14 grams or over.
·      
Public order crime – Keep nuisance structure for
drug activity.
·      
Possession of methamphetamine with intent to
sell.
·      
Possession of heroin with intent to sell.
·      
Possession of drug paraphernalia.
His bond has not been set.
Keene was also arrested and has been charged with the following crimes:
·      
Possession of Methamphetamine.
·      
Possession of drug paraphernalia.
·      
Public order crime – Keep nuisance structure for
drug activity.
Her bond had not been set.

Sheriff McCallum said
these two cases took months to investigate and he is extremely proud of the
dedication shown by the members of the LCSO especially the DTF. Their
determination to rid our communities of these dangerous drugs is evidenced by
the sheer amount of illegal narcotics they seized in these two operations. Our
neighborhoods are much safer because these men and women of the LCSO never stop
working to make our county safer.