Thursday, December 7, 2017

Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch Burglar Arrested

December 7, 2017

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) formally charged John William Gardenier (9-28-93) Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Mr. Gardenier was a person of interest in several burglary and theft investigations in the Inglis area of Levy County as well as a suspect in a burglary reported on November 9th by the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch – Caruth Camp which is located north of the Town of Inglis on US Hwy 19.

The Uniformed Patrol Division was actively seeking Gardenier to arrest him and on November 17th Deputy Lee Prine spotted him riding a bicycle in Inglis near the Circle K located at the intersection of US 19 and SR 40. Deputy Prine attempted to stop and arrest Gardenier, but Gardenier had other plans and ran. Gardenier was able to escape into a nearby wooded lot and was not captured.

On November 21st CID applied for a warrant for Gardenier’s arrest based upon evidence obtained through their investigation at the Caruth Camp. A warrant was issued for Gardenier’s arrest for burglary, grand theft and grand theft of a motor vehicle. A $100,000.00 bond assigned to this warrant.

On November 27th, Deputy Prine spotted an unregistered motorcycle being ridden on SR 40 in Inglis. Deputy Prine activated his emergency lights, signaling the driver of the motorcycle to stop. The driver did stop, but as Deputy Prine exited his patrol vehicle the driver turned toward him, made a departing (not so nice) statement and sped away. Deputy Prine was able to identify the driver of the motorcycle as Gardenier. Gardenier fled into a nearby parking lot where he ditched the motorcycle and fled on foot. He was able to evade capture again.

Gardenier’s luck ran out on December 1st when an alert Citrus County deputy located and arrested him for the active Levy County warrant. Gardenier was placed in the Citrus County Detention Facility and later transferred to the Levy County Detention Facility on December 5th. When Gardenier arrived at the Levy County Detention Facility additional charges were filed by Deputy Prine.

Currently, Gardenier is being held in the Levy County Detention Facility and has been formally charged with burglary, grand theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, failure to register a motor vehicle, operating a motorcycle without proper endorsement and three counts of resisting arrest without violence. His total bond is $195,500.00.

The Criminal Investigations Division is still actively working on additional cases in which Gardenier is a suspect. Anyone with information that could assist these investigations is asked to contact Investigator Mike McNeil at 352-486-5111, extension 266. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, please contact LevyCrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a cash reward.