Youth Arrested For Burglary & Arson

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                November 20, 2009 Time:                8:30 A.M.   Bronson, Florida-On November 18, 2009 Detective Jay Crooms arrested Duane Chartrand for burglary, arson, grand theft, petit theft and criminal mischief.   The Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a witness stating that they had observed a young white male leaving the residence at 10239 NE 69th Place.  The caller stated that the subject had a fire extinguisher in his hand and they saw smoke bellowing from the residence.  The witness grabbed his binoculars to get a better look at the subject and stated they were able to identify the subject as Duane Chartrand.   The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Bronson Fire Department responded to the scene.  The fire was extinguished by the Fire Department and the victim stated that the fire caused over $ 3,500 in damages to the residence.  Detectives Crooms and Mike Narayan located Chartrand at his residence and he was taken into custody.  Chartrand admitted that he has a fire problem and likes to start fires.  Chartrand stated that he entered the residence through the back door and started a fire in the bedroom.  Upon entry Chartrand stole a fire extinguisher, which is a felony, and some loose coins.    Chartrand admitted to entering the residence two weeks prior to the above incident and stole some jewelry.  Chartrand will also be charged with another burglary and petit theft.   The Sheriff’s Office has had dealings with Mr. Chartrand in the past.  On March 25, 2008 Chartrand was arrested for lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.  The 2008 charge was later pled down to a child abuse and Chartrand is currently on probation.   Chartrand was booked in the Levy County Jail and was later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Gainesville.   Defendant:   Duane Chartrand 10191 NE 74 Place Bronson, Florida White Male 07/29/92   ###