UPDATE March 18, 2013
Tallahassee police officer, Dave Northway says solving these crimes was like a puzzle: a puzzle that took four months to piece together.
Tallahassee police say these the three men pictured here are connected to as many as 39 cases with charges including armed robbery, burglary and even kidnapping. Officials aren't ruling out additional charges too.
"You arrest one person and they give you a piece of the puzzle then you maybe go and do some more investigation and find another person that gives you another piece of that puzzle," said Northway
Most of the crimes took place in the northwest part of Tallahassee. Eric Sowden has lived in his townhouse at Timber Oaks Lane for about a year. He says a neighbor was robbed at gunpoint a few months ago.
"I was definitely scared and just made sure I was always locking the doors," said Sowden.
Sowden says even though he wasn't the target of these recent crimes, he's now more aware of who's driving around his neighborhood.
"You've always got to keep your eye out and keep looking at everything and make sure you're not going to be the next victim."
The three suspects are currently being held in the Leon County jail.
Tallahassee Police Department Press Release
March 16, 2013
Tallahassee, FL -During the months of October 2012 through January 2013, TPD investigators in the Criminal Investigation Division noticed an increase in residential burglaries and street robberies throughout the Northwest area of Tallahassee. TPD used selected officers to begin to focus on the crimes and found several factors that led them to believe the crimes were related.
The men charged are Tremaine Lovett, 26, Michael Jerger, 23, and Javarius Thomas, 20 all of Tallahassee.
Through similarities in several of the cases, investigators used court orders and review of available data to develop several possible suspects. In all, investigators were able to link at least 39 different cases which included residential burglaries, armed burglaries, an armed robbery and kidnapping. Several of these cases involved injuries to the victims and gunshots being fired.
Through the cooperation of all involved, including detectives from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, TPD investigators were able to identify three individuals with direct ties to 39 cases. Probable Cause was developed in 17 cases with 5 search warrants written and executed. There were a total of 46 criminal charges filed in the investigation including:
Grand Theft of an Automobile
Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
Burglary of a Dwelling
Dealing in Stolen Property
Grand Theft of a Firearm
Defrauding a Pawn Broker
Robbery with a Firearm