March 27, 2017
Three Williston teens were arrested by Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Tuesday afternoon. Zachary L. Chism (14), Daniel Melendez (16) and Tyler A. Dutka (16) were taken into custody and have been charged with multiple crimes. Investigators Scott Stancil and CJ Perryman identified Dutka as a potential suspect while working on an unrelated investigation. The investigators subsequently identified Chism and Melendez after Dutka was interviewed.
Residents in the area of the Williston Golf and Country Club discovered fuel, fishing supplies, a battery and a cooler had been taken from boats and trucks parked in their yards. The three juveniles cut fuel hoses, punctured gas tanks and stole items from boats and trucks during a February crime spree. The victims in four reported cases estimate losses due to vandalism and theft at over $1,500.
The three juveniles were booked in at the Levy County Detention Facility and were later released to their guardians. These three will appear in the Levy County courts later to answer to these charges.