Date: April 16, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM
On Saturday, April 14, 2012 Detectives arrested David J. Morin, 31, from Dunnellon for several commercial burglaries. The investigation began on March 7, 2012 when unknown subjects forcibly entered the Kwik King in Morriston. Upon entry the suspects stole several thousands dollars worth of cigarettes, lottery tickets and did several thousand dollars worth of damage. The group of thugs continued there crime spree and broke into the Morriston Kwik King a total of three times and forcibly entered the Morris Junction BP Station.
The Levy County Sheriff's Office organized a Task Force and started conducting stakeouts throughout Levy County. Levy Detectives noticed that the suspects would strike, Sunday-Thursday, between the hours of 9:30PM-5:00AM. The subjects continued there crime spree and committed three more burglaries in Marion County. They are suspected of committing one burglary in Citrus County.
The investigations revealed the Levy/Marion/Citrus burglaries had the same similarities and were believed to have been committed by the same individuals working in the three county areas.
Levy County Sheriff's Office organized a Task Force and deputies began conducting stakeouts in Levy County. Through the hard work of Detectives in the three counties they developed a suspect vehicle, 2011 Ford F-250. On Saturday, April 14, 2012 Deputy Adam Parker with the Marion County Sheriff's Office located the suspect's truck in the Lake Tropicana subdivision. Upon stopping the truck Parker located stolen cigarettes inside the truck and the suspects were detained for questioning. Sgt. Mike Narayan, Detective Jay Crooms and Deputy Scott Stancil responded to Marion County and conducted the interview with David Morin from Dunnellon. The interrogation resulted in Morin confessing to the three burglaries in Levy County and three burglaries in Marion County which resulted in a search warrant executed in Marion County. The search warrant resulted in seizing stolen cigarettes, sledge hammer, yellow crow bar and clothing from the residence.
The investigation continues in all three counties and more arrests are expected. Major Evan Sullivan stated "This was a great team effort working & exchanging information across county lines". I'm very proud that Levy County Detectives/Deputies took the lead in the Task Force and another bad guy is apprehended.
David J. Morin
52 North Hwy 41
Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
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