Time: 9:45 AM
Chiefland, Florida- On July 10, 2009 a press release was released in the arrest of Donald Bernier. Bernier was arrested by Officer DJ Macy with the Chiefland Police Department on July 9, 2009 for stealing dremel tool at Wal-Mart. Bernier is suspected of committing numerous burglaries in Levy, Lafayette, and Alachua and possibly in Gilchrist Counties.
On July 17, 2009 Detective Mark Morgan arrested Bernier for burglary and grand theft. Bernier entered the residence at 10691 NW 70 Ave through a garage window on July 3, 2009. Upon entry in the residence Bernier stole a 47" big screen television valued at $ 3,000 and jewelry valued at $ 550.00 dollars.
Forensic detectives responded to the burglary and were able to locate vehicle tire tracks and shoe impressions that did not belong to the victims. The investigation revealed that the vehicle tire tracks and shoe impressions were a positive match to Bernier's 2003 Ford Explorer and his shoes that were obtained through a search warrant.
A concerned citizen after seeing the news release on Bernier made contact with the Sheriff's Office and advised Detectives that they seen a white Ford Explorer with no tag leaving the victims house the day of the burglary. Detective Morgan has recovered the stolen big screen television in Cross City and the stolen television will be returned to the victims.
We believe that Bernier has committed numerous more burglaries in Levy and surrounding Counties. Citizens are encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office if you have seen a suspicious white Ford Explorer or a white male in your neighborhood. Bernier is currently in the Levy County Jail.
Donald A. Bernier
1059 NE 206 Ave
Old Town, Florida