One More Arrest from "Operation Heatwave" Drug Dealer Roundup

Jun 30, 2015

Esteban Rodriguez Interlachen, FL: At approximately 1:30PM on Tuesday afternoon, Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Esteban Rodriguez at 141 Dickins Street. Rodriguez was wanted on two warrants for the sale of cocaine. The warrants were obtained during an undercover investigation, conducted by Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit Detectives, targeting the sale and delivery of cocaine in the Interlachen area. The charges against Rodriguez were part of “Operation Heatwave”, which was a county-wide roundup of drug dealers conducted by the Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit as well as Drug and Vice Detectives in May of 2015. Rodriguez’s time on the run ended when Detectives determined he was hiding at the Dickins Street address.

Rodriguez remains in custody on a bond of $40,000.00.

Pair Arrested on Burglary Charges

Jun 30, 2015

Brittany Jardine and Levi Sharp Thirty one years old Brittany Rose Jardine of Satsuma, and 32 years old Levi Wayne Sharp of Palatka, were arrested Monday evening (06/29/15) charged with the burglary and theft from a Hudson Drive residence in Satsuma. Both suspects have been charged with one count of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and one count of grand theft. Both are presently being held in the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $3,508.00 bond each.

The couple’s trip to jail began when a Satsuma homeowner returned home Monday afternoon and found her house had been broken into. She discovered that antiques and electronics had been taken from her home. leading from the victim’s home to Jardine’s residence.

Detectives Doug Patterson and Brian Hardeman joined the investigation, and during an interview with Jardine, learned that some of the stolen property was located inside her house and that Levi Sharp had been involved in the burglary.

Detectives Patterson and Hardeman obtained a search warrant for Jardine’s house and discovered stolen property inside. Levi Sharp reportedly drove by the scene while the deputies were conducting the investigation and was stopped and interviewed.

Both Jardine and Sharp were placed under arrest without incident and booked into the Putnam County Jail.

Armed Robbery Reported at Interlachen Pharmacy

Jun 30, 2015

Three masked gunman robbed the Community Medical Center pharmacy, in Interlachen last evening (06/29/15) stealing an undetermined amount of money. According to an initial investigation by Deputy Aaron Holland, the men reportedly burst into the store at about 5:15 pm. The robbers were brandishing handguns and ordered the two employees to lie on the floor while they ransacked the store. The three suspects then left business on foot. The two employees weren't injured.

Although the suspects were wearing ski masks, the employees were able to describe the robbers as possibly two Hispanic males and one African American male. It is also suspected that the robbers had a car waiting behind the pharmacy for their getaway.

The crime scene was processed by the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the investigation is continuing by Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives.

Photos below are from the cameras at the Pharmacy.

Interlachen Pharmacy Photos

Crescent City Man Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges

Jun 29, 2015

Ricardo Sanchez Eighteen years old Ricardo Sanchez, of Crescent City, was arrested Sunday morning (06/28/15 at 9:00 a.m.) charged with one count of lewd and lascivious sexual battery of a victim under the age of 16. His arrest came following an initial investigation by Deputy Nicholas McMahon. The victim reported to Deputy McMahon that Sanchez had raped her about two weeks prior to the time of the report.

The case was turned over to Detective Lynn Nicely who interviewed both the victim and the suspect. Following the interview with Sanchez, Detective Nicely booked him into the Putnam County Jail charged with the sexual battery.

Sanchez is being held without benefit of bond.

Missing Woman Found, Lost in the Woods

Jun 24, 2015

Pomona Park, FL: Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have located Cristina Pomar. Major Case Detectives and K-9 Deputies have been searching for Pomar since she was reported missing on June 19TH from the area of Pleasant Street, which is located in southern Putnam County. On Wednesday morning, woodland search teams comprised of Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Rifle Security Team members along FWC Officers were called in to assist in the search for Pomar. Using all-terrain vehicles, teams searched large wooded areas. A search team comprised of Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Arron Thomas and FWC Officer D. Ramsey located Pomar lying on the ground near a trail. Deputies and officers provided Pomar with food and water until Putnam County EMS could arrive and perform a medical evaluation. Pomar was transported to Putnam Community Medical Center for evaluation and is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow.

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