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Pair Arrested Suspected of Breaking into Occupied Houses

Nov 20, 2014

Gray and Halliday Welaka, FL: On November 18, 2014 Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Jason Dewayne Gray and John Allen Halliday on outstanding warrants related to the burglary of two houses located on Tangerine Avenue in Welaka earlier this month. The warrants were obtained as a result of the investigation which has been ongoing since that time. Sheriff Jeff Hardy said "Taking these criminals off the streets has made our County safer. They were brazenly entering occupied homes to commit their crimes. I appreciate the hard work and investigative skills of the deputies and detectives who made these arrests possible."

Both men were booked into the Putnam County Jail and each was charged with one count of burglary, one count of larceny, and one count of criminal mischief. They are each currently being held on a bond of $50,000.

San Mateo Man Charged with Battery and Sexual Assault

Nov 18, 2014

Ramon Martinez San Mateo, FL: On Sunday November 16, 2014 at approximately 9:30 am Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 204 Leisurely Avenue in San Mateo in response to a battery call. When they arrived they met with a 27 year old female victim who said Ramon Martinez had touched and struck her and forced himself upon her without her consent. The victim advised the attack had occurred at 130 Amberjack Street where she believed Ramon to still be present. Deputies relocated to Amberjack Street and made contact with Martinez. After questioning Martinez about the incident, he was placed under arrest and taken to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office where he was interviewed by detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit. After being interviewed, Martinez was transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of battery and one count of sexual assault. Martinez has since been released on a bond of $60,008.

Scheme to Mail Drugs to Jail Intercepted

Nov 17, 2014

Fox and LongAn investigation conducted by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Drug and Vice Unit recently determined that Samuel Fox Jr and Alyssa Long were conspiring to smuggle drugs into the Putnam County Jail. The investigation revealed that Fox, who was being held in the county jail on 8 counts of uttering a forged instrument, 5 counts of theft and failure to appear in court, was making arrangements with Long to have her mail drugs to him inside the facility. Drug and Vice Unit detectives immediately notified the Department of Corrections with the details of the scheme. Corrections Deputies intercepted a package mailed to Fox from Long. It was determined that narcotics wear concealed within the package.

Fox was arrested and additionally charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and a warrant was issued for Long's arrest on the same charge. Long was arrested on the warrant by deputies after she was contacted by Palatka Police Officers during an unrelated investigation. In addition to the arrest warrant served by PCSO deputies, Palatka Police charged Long with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer. Long was booked into the county jail and later released on a bond of $6,008.00. Fox remains in the Putnam County Jail without bond.

Tip Leads to Arrest of Convicted Felon Possessing Gun

Nov 13, 2014

Michael Griffin Palatka, FL: On Wednesday November 12, 2014 at approximately 3:15 pm Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Alabama Avenue in Palatka in response to an anonymous tip that Michael Alan Griffin, a convicted felon, was driving around in a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup with a handgun. As they were approaching the area, deputies saw a red Chevrolet S-10 making a U-turn at the intersection of Crill and Alabama Avenue. The vehicle was stopped at 3310 Crill Avenue at which time a .22 caliber revolver was found in plain sight on the floor board.

After being interviewed by deputies concerning the incident, Griffin was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Griffin has since been released on a bond of $2,504.00.

Wire Theft Suspects Caught in Action and Arrested

Nov 10, 2014

Driggers and ReinholdPalatka, FL: On November 4, 2014 Georgia Pacific security personnel contacted the Putnam County Sheriff's Office concerning their suspicion that employee Brad Trenton Driggers was stealing large amounts of copper wire, cables and welding leads. The ensuing investigation led to the November 6, 2014 arrest of Driggers and William David Reinhold. Sheriff's Office Detectives Dwayne Foreman and Spencer Reinert were monitoring Driggers activities when they followed him as he drove his Georgia Pacific work truck onto a dirt path leading into the woods in a secluded area of the 4000 block of State Road 100. The Detectives pulled into the wooded area behind Driggers and caught him and William David Reinhold actually in the process of stripping wire stolen from Georgia Pacific.

Both men were placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail. Driggers was booked on one count of larceny and twelve counts of dealing in stolen property. Reinhold was booked on two counts of dealing in stolen property and eight counts of making a fraudulent statement. Both men have since been released on bond.

The theft of these materials appears to have been going on for as long as two years and the amount stolen may easily exceed $30,000. Sheriff Jeff Hardy said "I commend Detective Foreman and Detective Reinert on conducting such an effective and efficient investigation. I also applaud the Georgia Pacific security personnel; their cooperation was instrumental in solving this crime."

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