April 26, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) participated in a joint investigation with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. Months of intense cooperative investigation and hundreds of pieces of evidence have been collected.
Arrested were Darren Decker (41) and Jessica Baker (44) of Ocala. They have been linked to ten burglaries in Levy County and the LCSO investigators expect this number to climb. This husband and wife team is suspected of committing over 60 residential burglaries in the North Central Florida area. They targeted homes in rural areas of the above mentioned counties and stole guns, jewelry, electronics and prescription medication.
LCSO investigators and Crime Scene deputies worked long hours gathering forensic evidence and following leads. Some of the evidence collected from the crime scenes in Levy County was used to link this pair to other crimes from other counties. Sheriff McCallum praised the cooperation of all agencies involved in this investigation.
Decker and Baker are being held in the Sumter County Detention Facility on a No Bond status. They also have been linked to a recent murder investigation in Citrus County and charges are expected to be filed later.
Sheriff McCallum said, “We will do whatever it takes to ensure the job gets done and our citizens are safe in their homes. It is a great relief knowing these two are in custody and the fear our community was feeling is now over.”