Crawfordville, Florida - December 27, 2011 -
A 40-year-old Tallahassee man was arrested Monday, Dec. 19 in connection with a residential burglary on Mary Ann Drive in Crawfordville. The execution of a search warrant Thursday, Dec. 22 at the Tallahassee home of a relative of the suspect allowed Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives to recover much of the stolen property, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.
Eric Ray Cardin was arrested for two counts of burglary, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of grand theft, one count of possession of burglary tools and one count of possession of narcotics equipment.
In early October, the Mary Ann Drive victim reported the loss of more than $46,000 worth of property and $20,000 worth of damage inside the home as copper wire was removed from an air conditioner as well as from the inside of the residence.
Some of the stolen items included a wooden cigar store Indian, record player console, antiques, amplifiers, sleeping bags, fishing gear, old records, collectibles and more. Detectives Derek Lawhon and Josh Langston were conducting a follow-up investigation at the victim’s property on Dec. 19 when they observed Cardin and a 15-year-old juvenile at the Crawfordville home.
Cardin was arrested and the juvenile was released into the custody of a relative. A number of the victim’s items were recovered in Cardin’s vehicle which was seized by law enforcement. Burglary tools were also observed at the location.
“Detective Josh Langston and I were in the process of doing some follow-up investigation when we came upon Eric Cardin at the victim’s home,” said Detective Lawhon. “Cardin did not have permission to be there and was arrested without incident. We also worked with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to execute a search warrant at 21794 Hitching Post Road in Tallahassee and discovered more of the missing property, but we have not been able to locate the wooden Indian or bags of Beanie Babies that were stolen.”
A bear skin hide was also discovered during the course of the search warrant and investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) were contacted to join in the investigation. Detectives believe the original Crawfordville burglary occurred in September.
Undersheriff Maurice Langston added that Eric Cardin was out on bond from another recent Wakulla County arrest when he was arrested for the Mary Ann Drive burglary.
On Nov. 18, the U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Task Force served a felony arrest warrant on Eric Cardin at his Tallahassee home. During the arrest, Task Force members discovered Cardin with methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his pockets. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the Leon County Jail.
On Nov. 29, Cardin was also arrested and charged with grand theft in connection with a burglary and theft of boat motors, copper wire and other items from a home on St. Marks Rise Road in Crawfordville.
Cardin remains in the Wakulla County Jail under a $66,500 bond.