Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Burglar’s Caught in the Act

September 9, 2014

Levy County Deputies Corporal L. Prine and K. Weatherford’s rapid response to a 12 year old panicked phone call for help resulted in the capture of two suspects in the act of a burglary yesterday.

Delania Evans 35, and Earl Peterson 56, both convicted burglars with long criminal histories picked the wrong house at the wrong time. Unknown to either of the LCSO deputies, both were in the same general area but on opposite ends of the subdivision when the call came into the 911 center. Both units immediately responded and were on scene within minutes of the first call. Corporal Prine arrived approximately one minute prior to Dep. Weatherford and was able to observe the duo stealing items from the home owner’s truck and take them into custody. All of the home owner’s property was recovered and returned.

The suspects did not know a 12 year old child was at home. The child heard a knock at his door and peered out to see a person, whom he did not know. His fast thinking and being suspicious of them prompted his first call. He watched them through a window while calling his mother and explaining what he saw while hiding inside the home. Mom’s quick action by calling 911 and relaying the son’s observations made for a quick and successful arrest.

Evans is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $150,000 bond and Peterson is being held on a $350,000 bond.    

LCSO commends this young man and his mother for their fast thinking and quick notification to our office which helped solve this case. LCSO is continuing their investigation into the activities of these two suspects as they relate to other reported cases in the same area of our county. 

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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