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Suspect arrested in connection to rash of burglaries

5:32 PM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
Grady Nathaniel Hunter Jr.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A suspect has been arrested Tuesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in connection to a July 14 burglary. The suspect is believed to be involved in a rash of nursing home burglaries.

On Tuesday, Grady Nathaniel Hunter Jr. was captured on video surveillance at the Cash America Pawn located on Normandy Boulevard. Hunter sold several pieces of jewelry, one which was identified by police as that belonging to a victim.

Police arrested Hunter in connection with the crime, for giving false verification of owner dealing with stolen property, fraudulent or illegal use of credit cards to obtained goods $300 or more and retaining stolen credit or debit cards.


The robbery where the piece of jewelry was stolen occurred on July 14. Two officers were dispatched to the 6700 block of Chester Avenue in reference to a burglary that occurred around 4 a.m. that morning. 

Upon arrival, the tenant of the burglarized apartment, age 81, met with two officers. She told police she was woken up when she saw lights flashing around her bedroom. She noticed two men who wear masks and dark clothing.

One of the men put his hand over her mouth and said in Spanish "...no donya" which means no harm. The two suspects tied her up and with clothes laying in the room and bound her arms behind her back and tied her legs together and placed a gag over her mouth with another article of clothing.  

They then placed her on face down on her bed. During this time, the suspects also asked her to in Spanish for money. She said she didn't have any money. The suspects ransacked her apartment, took a small bottle of prescribed Valium, a laptop, some jewelry, her cell phone and about six boxes of cigarettes.

The victim said she was able to get off the bed, get to the front door and where she yelled for help for several hours after the suspects left her. A passer by stopped to untie the victim. The entry point into the apartment appeared to have been made by cutting the front window screen, which was found nearby in the grass and police believe the suspects forced the window open.

Police are still searching for the two suspects who tied the victim up.

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