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Marion County Sheriff's Reports 08-26-2011

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Juveniles face burglary, theft charges

Willie Thomas is 17 years old. Michael Eugene Smith is 16 years old. Javaris D. Blunt is 15 years old. All are in the Marion County Juvenile Detention for residential burglaries and grand theft charges. “It’s important the community knows about these three, because of their criminal histories,” said Judge Cochran, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer. “Our detectives know, just days after getting out of jail, two of three teens returned to their criminal ways,” Cochran added.
Detectives say Thomas and Smith were placed in the Marion County Juvenile Detention on June 30, 2011. They faced burglary charges. Thomas and Smith were released July 22, 2011 and the kick-in burglaries started July 28, 2011. “Our detectives are working as many as 15 cases of which they believe Smith, Thomas and Blunt are responsible for the crimes,” said Cochran.
Detectives arrested Thomas, Smith and Blunt on Saturday, Aug. 20. Here’s what detectives say they know:
• August 14, 2011 – The front door of a home along SE 67th Place, Ocala, was kicked-in and Smith along with Thomas took items valued at $700.
• August 19, 2011 – The front door of a home along SE 51st Ave., Belleview, was kicked-in. Smith, Blunt and Thomas took items totaling $4200 in value.
• August 19, 2011 – Along Juniper Way, Ocala, the front door was kicked-in and Blunt, Smith and Thomas took $3975 worth of items from the home.
• August 20, 2011 – Smith and Blunt kicked-in the door of a home along Larch Drive, ransacked the home and took $2500 of the homeowner’s property.
If you know of more criminal activities, please call Detective Brandon Spillman at 352-438-5940 or the Crime Stoppers at 352-368-7867.
Under Florida’s Public Records Law, the names of anyone charged with a felony are public record, regardless of the suspects’ age.