Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Burglars Banded Together – Are Not Successful

James Shane King - Bond $25,000

Ron Dell Ellison - Bond $40,000

Edgar William Pate - Bond $50,000

Racheal Skye Pate - Bond $20,000

June 18, 2019

Deputies and Detectives responded to the area of the Manatee Farms subdivision off of CR 320 west of US 19 on Friday June 14, 2019 to a report of a recent residential burglary. Detectives on scene interviewed a witness who said they saw a female on a bicycle leaving a home that has been abandoned since the homeowner passed away. Detectives discovered evidence the home had been recently broken into as well as valuables removed from the home and placed outside apparently to be picked up later.

Detectives and deputies began canvassing the area and were searching for the unidentified woman on the bicycle when they noticed a car leaving the home that had just been burglarized. Detectives attempted to stop the silver four door passenger car that had a trunk and back seat overflowing with what was believed to be stolen property. The vehicle fled, making multiple high speed turns in an attempt to outrun the detectives. The pursuit ended at a dead end road where the driver and three passengers were taken into custody.

The following interviews with these four subjects confirmed our detective’s suspicions. James Shane King (9-22-83), Rondell Ellison (10-7-75), Edgar William Pate (9-13-69) and Racheal Skye Pate (7-13-88) who all reported the same home address north of Chiefland confessed to breaking into the home based on a tip from the female on the bicycle. They identify the woman to detectives and said she told them the home was unoccupied and there were a bunch of things there to steal. These four just didn’t know our detectives were in the area at the time they decided to break in.

The woman on the bike has been identified and detectives will be picking her up shortly. The other four went to jail and have been charged with burglary and grand theft. Mr. King has the added charge of fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement. 

“This is great example of how our community helps us solve crimes. Had it not been for the willingness of the citizens in this community to get involved by calling, this case would have most likely been unsolved. As a result of this citizen tip, four people are in custody and a fifth person will be arrested,” said Sheriff McCallum.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Missing/Located Child UPDATE, Inglis Florida

June 17, 2019

This morning LCSO Deputies at approximately 10 a.m. responded to the Dollar General in Inglis, Florida after a small child dressed in only a diaper came into the store alone. Deputies immediately began to canvass the area seeking the parent/guardians. Within approximately 30 minutes the family of this child was located. 

Many comments were posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page from citizens who are concerned for the safety of this child. To put your minds at ease the Department of Children and Family Services has been contacted and will conduct a home study. This child was left in the care of a teenaged sibling while the parents went to work. They are not local to Inglis and have only temporarily established residency there while waiting on their home to be completed. This child apparently loves to hide from his siblings and the babysitter was not aware the child had climbed out a window.

There is no evidence of any criminal wrong-doing and no criminal charges will be filed in this case. 

The LCSO thanks all of our community members that offered suggestions and shared our post as this did aid the investigation and help us reunite this child with his parents.