September 28, 2016
Six Fanning Springs juveniles were arrested on September 27, 2016 by LCSO Patrol Deputies after responding to a burglary scene at 7991 NW 168 Lane in Fanning Springs. LCSO Deputies C. Gregory and A. Hiers met with the victim who reported approximately $2,200 of electronics, silver coins and other valuables stolen from her home between 9-23-16 and 9-26-16. The victim immediately cast her suspicions on local “problematic” neighborhood juveniles and provided deputies with some proof supporting her suspicion.
Deputies Gregory and Hiers discovered entry was made into the home through a broken window on the south end of the home. Based upon additional discoveries made at the crime scene combined with the victim’s information, a search began for the juveniles believed to be responsible.
Six juveniles, all living in the Fanning Springs Annex area of Levy County were located, detained and interviewed. These six admitted to entering the victim’s home several times over the course of three days taking items each time they went.
In addition to solving this case and recovering most of the stolen property, deputies discovered some of the same group was responsible for the theft of a $2,000 riding lawn mower. The owner of the mower reported it stolen from his shed on September 23, 2016. He also lives in the same area. The group of juveniles told deputies they had “stashed” the mower in a wooded area nearby after they spray painted it to disguise its appearance.
All juveniles, ranging in age between 12 to 17 years old, were booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. They were later released by the Department of Juvenile Justice to their parents.