Man suspected in string of robberies captured in Columbia County


Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:49 a.m.

A Lake City man suspected in five convenience store burglaries since June led law enforcement officers on a brief chase through the woods and was shot with a Taser stun gun before being captured on Friday.

On June 16, Columbia County deputies collected evidence from the scene of a burglary at the Spring Food Store in the 300 block of Llewellyn Avenue in Lake City that helped them later identify 35-year old Larry Simpson as the suspect, but not before four more stores were robbed in a similar manner during July and August. On Wednesday, a burglary took place at the Fast Track store on Highway 100 and Price Creek Road in which a man broke the front window to gain access to the store. Once in the store, the culprit realized a clerk was inside. The man ordered the clerk to the back of the store, but the clerk was unharmed. While in the store, the man took several undisclosed items.

On Thursday, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received results of processed evidence that identified Simpson as a suspect in the June 16 burglary. Detectives from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for Simpson’s residence and served the warrant that same evening. During the search warrant, Simpson was not taken into custody, but further evidence was found within his residence.

On Friday, detectives developed information on the whereabouts of Simpson. As Columbia County detectives and Lake City Police Department Task Force members attempted to surround the location, Simpson fled out the rear into the woods. Simpson was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit and after being shot with the Taser. Simpson sustained minor injuries during his apprehension but was ultimately arrested and transported to the Columbia County Detention Center after a brief stop for treatment at Lake Shore Hospital. He currently is being held without bond.

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