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Passer-by foils convenience-store burglary — DeLand police apprehend suspect
By Pat Andrews
posted Sep 6, 2013 - 1:03:14pm
DeLand police and Sheriff's Office deputies combed the area around East State Road 44 and Interstate 4 early this morning, and caught one of two burglary suspects police say broke into the Galaxy Superette at 247 N. Amelia Ave. around 3:18 a.m. today, Friday, Sept. 6.
Police identified the captured suspect as 28-year-old Carl Reginald Dunlap, who is charged with burglary and grand theft.
DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes said a passer-by called 911 after he witnessed two suspects, who were wearing hoods and dark clothing, back a van up to the store and break out the glass door. The witness yelled at the suspects, causing them to take off in the van after grabbing some cigarettes.
A search ensued, and the suspect van was spotted near the intersection of S.R. 44 and I-4. A deputy tried to stop the van, which didn't stop, but crashed into a guardrail.
The two men inside fled on foot into the woods, Estes said.
More law-enforcement officers, and search dogs and the Sheriff's Office helicopter were called to the scene. DeLand police caught one suspect, Dunlap.
DeLand detectives were interviewing that suspect this morning, as the search for the second suspect continued.
It turned out the suspect van was stolen from Sanford, Estes said.
Galaxy Superette proprietor Harry Jay said he's thankful for the passer-by who stopped the burglary before it got going good, and for the police who responded and stopped the vehicle.
He wouldn't discuss the dollar value of the cigarettes stolen in the incident, but said it will cost more to get the glass replaced than the cigarettes were worth.
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