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FIVE FROM ORLANDO CAUGHT AFTER DEBARY GUN-STORE BREAK-IN
Five young men from Orange County are facing armed burglary and grand theft charges in a weekend break-in at a DeBary gun store where 18 firearms were stolen.
Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office were watching when the group arrived at SWUB Tactical (36 S. Charles R. Beall Blvd.) around 3 a.m. Saturday. Orange County deputies were conducting surveillance on the group’s stolen Nissan Murano, and had followed it from Orange County to DeBary.
The suspects used bricks to smash their way into SWUB Tactical and then smashed their way into several locked cases containing handguns, shotguns and AR-10 and AR-15 rifles. Orange County deputies then followed the group back to Orlando, where they conducted a traffic stop and took all five defendants into custody. Three of them ran from the vehicle but were apprehended.
All but one of the stolen firearms were recovered. There were 15 guns recovered from the vehicle in Orlando, one more recovered on one of the defendants, and another one found outside SWUB Tactical. The remaining missing gun was entered as stolen. The total value of the guns taken from the store was $14,580.
The defendants, all facing the same felony charges of armed burglary and grand theft, are:
Jaquez Tuijay Smith, 19 (DOB 7/3/1999), Mercy Drive, Orlando
Marcus Ellington, 17 (DOB 1/6/2001), Mercy Drive, Orlando
Jaheim Shelton, 16 (DOB 4/2/2002), Mercy Drive, Orlando
Darrion Montgomery, 15 (DOB 8/19/2002), Mercy Drive, Orlando
Rodreakas Smith, 15 (DOB 5/27/2003), Mercy Drive, Orlando
Any additional charges against the defendants will be Orange County’s.
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