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Deputy's Vehicle Burglarized - Update #2
Friday, July 14, 2017

Deputy's Vehicle Burglarized – Update #2

After days of lengthy and diligent investigation that resulted in three arrests, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has now recovered ALL of the weapons stolen from a deputy’s vehicle on July 2.

“Tireless and expeditious work by LCSO staff has led to the recovery of all of the weapons stolen from one of our unmarked vehicles,” stated Undersheriff Carmine Marceno. “We committed ourselves to recovering the stolen weapons and to finding those responsible. We’re pleased to report that these objectives have been met.”

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Update #1 sent on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.)

Deputy's Vehicle Burglarized – Update #1

After many hours of aggressively investigating the burglary of a deputy’s locked unmarked vehicle, detectives have arrested three individuals responsible for the crime. Sixteen-year-old James Mathis (DOB 10-14-00) and seventeen-year-old Joe Parker (DOB 10-01-99) have both been arrested for one count of Burglary to a Conveyance each, and one count of Grand Theft of a Law Enforcement Officer’s equipment each.

Detectives have recovered some of the stolen property and are continuing their search for the remaining property. The investigation is still very active and any new updates will be sent in the form of a press release.

Undersheriff Carmine Marceno stated, “this crime was against all citizens of Lee County and we will not rest until everyone responsible is brought to justice and we have recovered all stolen items.”

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(Original press release sent on July 6, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.)

On Sunday, July 2, 2017, Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to a past-occurred burglary to a vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that a Lee County Sheriff’s Office unmarked vehicle had been forcibly broken into. An unknown suspect(s) stole property inside the vehicle to include weapons.

 Due to the nature of the crime and the items stolen, the first responding deputy secured the general perimeter of the scene for LCSO Crime Scene specialists to respond. It was during advanced processing of the vehicle that forced entry was discovered.

The investigation continues.

Undersheriff Carmine Marceno noted, “An unfortunate criminal act of burglary and grand theft occurred at which time the suspects forcibly entered the deputy’s secured vehicle, and gained access to weapons locked inside. Our detectives will continue to aggressively pursue the investigation until the suspects are identified and arrested.”