Levy homes damaged during burglaries

Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.

One or more people are suspected of breaking into Levy County homes and doing significant damage as they stole electronics, jewelry and other valuables.

The latest case was discovered Monday when a Chiefland-area homeowner found about $10,000 worth of items had been taken, Levy County Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan said.

"They tried to break in through the French doors at the rear but could not get in there because the deadbolt had to be unlocked with a key from inside," Sullivan said. "Then they used a rotisserie rack from the grill to break a window in the utility room."

Once inside the house, the intruder or intruders ransacked the home, spitting tobacco juice on the walls, breaking a wall mount to remove a flat-screen television, flinging open drawers and doors to find jewelry that apparently then was stuffed into a pillowcase taken from the home, Sullivan said.

Other items reported missing included a desktop computer and camcorder.

The homeowner told investigators the break-in occurred during the nine hours spent at work on Monday.

Whoever broke in got out through the garage, Sullivan said.

At least two other recent break-ins appeared to have been conducted in a similar way and might have been the work of the same person or persons, investigators said.

Anyone with information about the burglaries may contact the Sheriff's Office at 486-5111 or Levy County Crime Stoppers at 877-349-8477.

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