Man wanted for multiple burglaries in Gadsden County arrested

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 23, 2017

Andre Kelly escorted by Violent Crimes Investigator Thomas Perkins of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- A man wanted in connection to a string of burglaries in and around Gadsden County has been arrested.

Andre Kelly, 32, was taken into custody around 2:30 a.m. Thursday during a task force operation by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, the Leon County Sheriff's Office and US Marshals.

Operations Commander, Captain Bobby Collins, said "This is what it’s about, working together with one goal in mind. We really appreciate the joint effort put forth by all agencies who worked so hard in the apprehension of Andre Kelly."

Kelly was wanted in connection to 15 burglaries and 2 robberies in the area.

"Kelly had become a menace to our local businesses and communities and we were determined to find him," said Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young.

In one of the reported burglaries, a suspect is seen on surveillance video breaking into a closed store. The store owner was there at the time and opened fire on the suspect.

During a burglary on November 15 at the Pilot Travel Center, the suspect came in, fired a gun at the ceiling and demanded money from the clerks. The suspect also snatched the purse of a customer who walked in.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 15, 2017

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 12, a man crawled under the bottom of the front door of the Kelly's Jr. Store #5 in Quincy.

The store was closed, but not empty.

"I was just camping out," the store owner said.

The store owner opened fire on the suspect. The suspect fired back but the owner was not hurt. The man then jumped the counter and ran out of the store.

"I can't say nothing. I don't want to re-live that again," said the store owner.

The suspect got away without any cash, and without his black hat.

Investigators say the beanie cap was shot off the suspect's head and landed in a nearby trash can.

"The bullet holes are actually located here and here, an entrance and an exit. It's a miracle the perpetrator is alive," said Investigator Thomas Perkins.

Investigators believe the suspect is 32-year-old Andre Kelly. He's wanted in connection to 14 store burglaries in Gadsden County.

Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, a masked suspect walked into the Pilot Travel Center in Midway.

"As soon as he comes in, he fires one round into the ceiling," said Perkins.

Surveillance video shows the suspect come into the store and fire a gun at the ceiling. The man then goes around the counter and holds two clerks at gunpoint while demanding money.

Customers were inside the store at the time and while the clerks empty the registers, the suspect snatches a purse from a customer.

Gadsden County resident Willie Rivers said, "I got a mother, I got sisters and brothers, and aunts and uncles. They're older people and they're scared. We need to do something about this. We need to catch these people. I'm scared myself."

There is a reward for information leading to the arrest of Andre Kelly. Anyone with information is urged to call law enforcement in Gadsden County or Crime Stoppers.


By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 15, 2017

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office and Quincy Police Department are looking for a man wanted on several active warrants.

Andre Kelly, 32, is wanted for violation of probation on several charges, including robbery, aggravated domestic battery, robbery by sudden snatching, grand theft, burglary, and resisting arrest.

Kelly is 6'01" tall and approximately 195 pounds. A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to Kelly's arrest.

Authorities say Kelly is suspected in several burglaries since October.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a string of burglaries that have been occurring in and around the county.

In one of the burglaries, a suspect is seen on surveillance video breaking into a closed store. The store owner was there at the time and opened fire on the suspect. The suspect fired back but the owner was not hurt.

Another burglary happened around 4:00 Wednesday morning at the Pilot Travel Center. Deputies say the suspect came in, fired a gun at the ceiling, went behind the counter and demanded money from the clerks. Customers were inside at the time but no one was hurt. The suspect also snatched the purse of a customer who walked in.

GCSO is advising residents to be cautious and report any suspicious activity to authorities.



 
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