JCSO Investigate Suspects Involved In Cell Phone Burglary Spree

MARIANNA, Fla. - The search is on for suspects involved in a string of cell phone store burglaries; including one in Jackson County.

Jackson County Sheriff's investigators say the suspects stole $21,000 worth of merchandise at a Verizon Wireless store in Marianna early Tuesday after 1:30 a.m.

Authorities say they smashed through the door at the store on Highway 71 & Highway 90.

"In and out within like a minute and two seconds and stole, to my understanding display phones there at the Verizon store," said JCSO Capt. Scott Edwards.

The burglary didn't stop in Marianna. 

These suspects would go to Tallahassee to burglarize another business; a T-Mobile store.

"The investigator along with the Verizon rep was able with some technology that they have with Verizon, was able to start tracking the phones," said Edwards. 

The suspects were located on I-10 going East, and led Madison County deputies on a chase.

Authorities say deputies lost sight of the suspects, but found the abandoned rental vehicle from Orlando; a Gray Dodge Challenger.

"They eventually abandoned the vehicle, and some of the property. We're not exactly sure how much property that was recovered in Suwannee County but we do know some of it has been," said Edwards.

Edwards also said this string of burglaries isn't new.

He said a group of people from South and Central Florida commit crimes like these.

They're called a 'Felony Lane Gang'.

"We you know, unfortunately don't know if it's the same group as the others that we have encountered before, but it's a similar MO as what they're doing," said Edwards.

The investigation is ongoing.

Jackson County Sheriff's deputies will continue working with authorities in Madison and Suwannee Counties.


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