Crawfordville, Florida - January 13, 2012 -
Two male burglary suspects were caught in the act attempting to remove property from an Obediah Triplett Road home in Crawfordville Jan. 12, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.
John Lee Mann, 19, of Tallahassee was charged with grand theft, burglary and felony criminal mischief and Jason Ray Miller, 21, of Ripley, Tenn. was charged with burglary, grand theft, felony criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.
The sheriff’s office received a complaint of a suspicious person in the area. Deputy Vicki Mitchell responded and discovered the two suspects in the home. Deputy Mitchell also observed a pile of wire and the two men wearing work gloves.
Lt. C.L. Morrison arrived on scene and confirmed that the two men did not have the permission of the homeowner to be on the property. Detective Derek Lawhon investigated and discovered that in addition to metal items, wiring was removed from a hot water heater and a pool table, an electric scooter, washing machine, refrigerator and figurines, valued at $450, were taken. Copper wiring had been removed from electrical fixtures and some of the light switches. Damage to the hot water heater was estimated at $400. The copper is valued at $100.
The home suffered severe damage, estimated at more than $1,000, due to the theft of wiring. The suspect vehicle was towed from the scene and Mann and Miller were transported to the Wakulla County Jail under $6,000 and $5,500 bonds respectively.