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Welaka Burglary Suspect Arrested

Nov 26, 2014

James Ayers Welaka - A South Putnam resident has been arrested and charged with burglarizing an occupied residence in the Welaka area of South Putnam County. Over the last few months the Putnam County Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports in the Welaka area of residential burglaries, some of which were being committed during the late night/early morning hours while the homeowners were asleep inside the residence. It was reported that items such as purses, wallets, and other items were stolen from inside the homes during these burglaries. Due to the severity of these crimes, Sheriff Hardy dedicated additional resources to these cases to ensure the individual(s) responsible for these crimes was apprehended expediently.

Investigative leads identified James Timothy Ayers as the suspect in an occupied burglary that occurred on November 9, 2014. It was determined that James Timothy Ayers on more than one occasion attempted to use a credit card that had been stolen during the burglary. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant, located Ayers, and placed him under arrest for the November 9, 2014 burglary. Prior to Ayers being booked into the Putnam County Jail, he was questioned by detectives. It was discovered that in addition to this burglary, Ayers is responsible for committing fourteen (14) additional burglaries in the Welaka area. One of the burglaries dates back to June of 2014. Six (6) of the burglaries took place while the occupants were asleep inside the home.

James Timothy Ayers was booked in the Putnam County Jail on the arrest warrant for Burglary of an occupied dwelling and two counts of illegal use of a credit card. He is also being held without the benefit of a bond on two (2) counts of violating conditions of his probation. Charges are forthcoming for the additional fourteen (14) burglaries.

Sheriff Hardy stated, "An individual brazen enough to burglarize a home while its occupants are sleeping is a very dangerous person in our community. I am very proud of the diligent efforts taken by the patrol deputies and detectives to solve these cases".

Hawthorne Man Arrested after Domestic Dispute Involving His Mother

Nov 25, 2014

Joseph Westover Hawthorne - On November 24, 2014, deputies were notified of a domestic dispute at a residence located on Depot Road in Hawthorne. Deputies were notified by a third party that a text had been received stating that an individual, named Joseph Westover, was involved in a domestic dispute with his mother. The text stated Joseph was "acting crazy" and was refusing to allow his mother to leave her residence. Deputies contacted the victim by telephone, but the victim indicated that she could not talk with them. She managed to tell officers that her son would not allow her to leave the residence without him, and she had locked herself in her bedroom for her protection. The victim informed officers that she was leaving the residence with Joseph to pick up her daughter.

While responding to the residence, deputies located the victim's vehicle traveling on County Road 20A in Hawthorne. A traffic stop was conducted and after a brief struggle, Joseph Westover was detained. After speaking with the victim it was determined that Joseph had blamed her for a previous arrest. She informed deputies that her son had struck her in the mouth and a second time on the right side of her face near her eye. He also destroyed the victim's home telephone and damaged her cellular telephone. He refused to allow her to leave the residence by herself, and informed her that he would kill law enforcement officers if they came to the residence to take him to jail. The victim reported that Joseph refused to allow her to leave her residence alone since November 22, 2014.

Joseph Robert Westover was arrested and charged with battery, false imprisonment, criminal mischief, and obstructing justice. He is currently being detained in the Putnam County Jail without the benefit of a bond.

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.

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