6 arrested in 4 county burglary ring

MELROSE, Fla. -- Six people, including three 14-year-olds, have been arrested for a burglary ring stretching through Clay, Putnam, Bradford, and Alachua County.

Detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant Monday at a house in the 300 block of Melrose in connection with a string of residential and commercial burglaries in the county. In the house, they found hundreds of stolen items from more than 50 burglaries, according to PCSO Spokesman Hancel Woods.

18-year-old Frederick Martin, 33-year-old Casey Gaffney, and 38-year-old Michael Lavane were arrested. Three 14-year-olds also face felony charges. Gaffney and Lavane are the parents of one of the arrested juveniles.

Gaffney is charged with dealing in stolen property and child neglect. She has been released on a bond of $3,508.

Lavane is charged with dealing in stolen property and child neglect. He has been released on a bond of $3,508.

Martin is charged with burglary, grand theft, and criminal mischief. He is currently being held without bond.

The three 14-year-olds are being held by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Their charges include burglary, grand theft of a firearm, criminal mischief, and grand theft.

Sheriff Jeff Hardy said he is expecting more arrests in this burglary ring, "Our detectives have worked closely with law enforcement personnel from the other counties involved in linking these criminals to multiple crimes committed across the region. I'm very proud of everyone involved in solving these cases. However, this investigation is not over. Additional arrests are definitely anticipated."


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