Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Concerned Citizen Tip Leads to Drug Arrest

August 14, 2018

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division responded to the area of Williston Highlands near the Williston Golf Course on August 10th to citizen complaints of suspicious activity. Citizens saw what they believed were drug transactions occurring in their neighborhood in the late evening hours and were able to provide deputies with vehicle descriptions and tag numbers. 

Patrol Deputy Kellie Ward and CID Investigator Justin VanDuren teamed up and stopped one of the described vehicles. The driver, identified as Mandy Sears (8-2-78) of Williston was found to be driving a vehicle with the wrong tag on it. Her driver’s license had also been suspended. Sears cooperated during the traffic stop and deputies located crack cocaine and Molly hidden in the vehicle. 

Sears was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of a controlled substance (Molly), driving while license suspended or revoked and attaching a tag not assigned to a vehicle. She was booked in at the Levy County Detention Bureau where she is being held on a $35,000.00 bond.

Burglary Suspect Arrested

August 14, 2018

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested two subjects in connection to three recently reported residential burglaries on the outskirts of Chiefland. Investigators identified Dustin R. Morgan (10-9-87) and Brittany Dickerson (2-10-86), boyfriend/girlfriend, as the responsible parties. Morgan and Dickerson were located living inside their vehicle in the Chiefland area on August 3rd and arrested.

Investigators believe Morgan is responsible for additional break-ins in the Chiefland area and are seeking assistance from our public to help solve more cases. Investigators located multiple household items and jewelry believed to be stolen inside the vehicle Morgan and Dickerson were living in. The vehicle is described as a white 4 door Chevrolet passenger car. Pictured are some of the recovered items that have not yet identified. If you recognize any of these items please contact Investigator C.J. Perryman at 352-486-5111 ext. 276.

Morgan is currently being held at the Levy County Detention Facility. He has been charged with three counts of burglary, two counts of grand theft and one count of felony criminal mischief. His bond has been set at $250,000.00.

Dickerson posted a $10,000.00 bond after being charged with two counts of providing false information to a pawn broker.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Juveniles Arrested for Stolen Guns, Drugs

July 31, 2018

On Friday July 27, 2018 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested three Williston teens. Investigators responded to an abandoned home in Williston in reference to a trespassing compliant. Investigators are familiar with this home having recovered six stolen firearms from the same residence in June. Investigators know this house to be abandoned and are aware local criminals have used the home to hang out, hide stolen property in and sell drugs.

Investigators found three teens in the home when they arrived. Investigators entered the home after looking through a window and saw a teen run into another room. Investigators located two loaded handguns in the kitchen. Both weapons were loaded and one had been reported stolen to the Williston Police Department after a recent vehicle burglary. Two females, both 14, were found in the living room and arrested for trespassing in a structure. The third teen, identified as the person seen running, Larron Jadawn Ross (9-17-2000) was arrested for burglary while armed, possession of a weapon by a person under 18 and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a place of worship. Investigators located crack cocaine packaged for street sales in a “fanny pack” identified as belonging to Ross. Ross’s phone was found next to the guns in the kitchen and he also admitted to picking them up and “checking them out.”

The female juveniles were processed and released to parents. Ross was booked in and released to the Department of Juvenile Justice.  

Monday, July 30, 2018

Car Burglars Strike Again


July 30, 2018

Levy County Sheriff’s Office deputies are currently responding to multiple reports of car burglaries and vehicle thefts that occurred last night in both the Williston Golf and Country Club area and in the Town of Bronson. Investigators believe all of these crimes are related. 

A 2000 black Ford F-150 long wheel base with a diamond plate tool box and attached Florida tag Y33 QLV was reported stolen Saturday from the Williston area. Our citizens are asked to be on the lookout (BOLO) for this vehicle. This truck may currently be in the Williston or Gainesville area. The owner describes it as being in good shape. The truck has a bug deflector attached to the hood and a UF parking sticker in the front windshield. No other modifications have been made to the truck. This vehicle was seen by a witness in the area of a recently reported vehicle burglary at approximately 6 a.m. this morning. This vehicle has not been located and may still be in possession of the person(s) who stole it. 

A silver Nissan truck was also reported stolen from the Bronson area and has been located in Williston. A second vehicle was also located in the same location. The owner of this vehicle has confirmed it was stolen, but had not discovered it was missing until our investigators called. 

Anyone who has information related to these thefts and vehicle burglaries is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111. If you see the missing Ford truck, do NOT approach the vehicle and contact 911 immediately. If you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You may be eligible for a cash reward. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Car Burglary Crime Spree

July 27, 2018

More than 10 car burglaries and one stolen vehicle report were made to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office in the last 24 hours. All reports came from the same general neighborhood area located north of Williston. The thieves targeted unlocked vehicles and took all types valuables including purses, cash, electronics and firearms. The vehicle that was stolen had the keys left in it by the owner and was later located abandoned in Gainesville. 

These reports follow a rash of vehicle burglaries in Chiefland last week, near and around the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

All residents are cautioned to lock your vehicles and remove or hide valuables. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is working on several leads but believe there may be additional information available. If you have information which could aid us in solving these or other vehicle burglaries, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 and request to speak to Sergeant Mike Narayan at extension 267.