Suspects in string of Gadsden County burglaries arrested

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 3:17 PM EDT
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By: Lanetra Bennett

October 12, 2016

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Gadsden County investigators say Vincent Davis tried to pry open the door of the V-Stop convenience store on Highway 90.

"He'll try this a couple of times, then move on to a more successful attempt."

That attempt was through the window.

Investigators say Davis smashed the glass and went inside.

They say he first went for the cash register, but it was empty. So, he grabbed cigarettes and lottery tickets.

"The lottery tickets were later cashed at various locations in Leon County, which were then used to locate him," said an investigator.

The burglary was back on July 18th.

He's suspected in burglaries between then and up until last week.

"We were able to just connect the dots, I would say."

Deputies say they connected the dots in this July 18th home-monitoring video to at least seven car burglaries in the Quail Rouse Community in Quincy.

WCTV aired the video on July 20th, and investigators say the tips came rolling in.

John Wright and Jerry Barber have now been arrested, along with two juveniles.

"These individuals were in stolen, those three vehicles that are driving, were stolen possibly out of Leon and Gadsden Counties."

Otis Simpson faces several charges for nine car burglaries in the Rentz Road Trailer Park area on June 8th.

Authorities say he's responsible for 15 to 20 other car burglaries throughout the city that same night.

Gadsden County resident Jack Kimble said, "If you don't stop them, they're just going to keep on continue doing it. So, I'm just proud that the sheriff's department stepped in. It took a while for them to confiscate them but I'm glad they apprehended them."

Four more suspects have not been identified in that surveillance of the group car burglary.

Deputies say some of the suspects in the group are friends from Gadsden and Leon Counties.

Authorities say the investigation is still active, and more arrests expected.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

July 19, 2016

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) – The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is looking for multiple suspects believed to be connected to a string of vehicle thefts and burglaries throughout Gadsden County.

According to GCSO, the burglaries occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, July 18, between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Surveillance video footage shows at least seven suspects, possibly all males, burglarizing multiple vehicles in Gadsden County. Authorities say the suspects are also believed to be involved in similar crimes in Leon County.

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to remove all valuables from their vehicles and lock their doors.

If you have any information regarding the identification of the suspects in the video, call the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 627-9233 or Big Bend Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. You may remain anonymous.