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Deputies charge uncle and nephew in Hontoon burglary
Uncle faces additional charges
By Pat Andrews
posted Jun 27, 2013 - 1:09:26pm
Two suspects, 48-year-old Edward Sanford and his 29-year-old nephew, Andre Tait Jr., face charges in the burglary of the Hontoon Convenience Store on Old New York Avenue just west of DeLand Tuesday night.
Dispatchers received a report of an alarm going off at the store and dispatched deputies at 9:28 p.m. June 25. Deputies found the store's front-door glass shattered. The owner checked the business and reported that approximately $900 was missing.
The store's video camera picked up the image of a white cargo van fleeing the crime scene, Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson said.
The video also showed what happened before the getaway: "a suspect hurling a newspaper box several times at the front door and then kicking the glass to cause a small opening;" then, the man crawled through the opening, and apparently injured his right knee on broken glass in the process, Davidson said.
The next morning, Wednesday, June 26, a DeLand police officer spotted a van matching the one captured on video, and pulled it over in the vicinity of West Euclid and Adelle avenues. Sanford was behind the wheel and Tait was in the passenger seat.
That information led deputies to the suspects' apartment in DeLand, where they found clothing matching the apparel the suspect was wearing in the surveillance video, and "Sanford also was sporting fresh cuts and scratches on his lower right leg and left arm, further confirming to deputies that they had the right men," Davidson said.
When investigators questioned the duo, Tait confessed to driving the van the night of the break-in. Sanford refused to talk to investigators.
Sanford was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on charges of burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. Investigators filed a charging affidavit against Tait for burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.
Sanford faces more charges, Davidson said.
Investigators have linked Sanford to two burglaries in the DeLand area in the past week, one at the Super Discount Mart on North Woodland Boulevard and another at the Gas & Shop on East International Speedway Boulevard. A newspaper box was used to smash the glass in one break-in, and a concrete block was used in the other.
Sanford remained at the Branch Jail June 27.
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