Arrested, according to the police report, was Danny Charles Payne, 29, of Leesburg, who has been charged on two counts of receiving stolen property in the second degree and two counts of receiving stolen property in the third degree.
Recovered merchandise, totaling in excess of $3,000, included two refrigerators, a bicycle, VCR, weedeater, tents, drills, fishing rods, dartboards, car radios, Coleman lanterns and other equipment. “We’ve made a pretty good lick with what we’ve done,” said Leesburg Police Officer Lanny Ransum.
Leesburg police, Ransum said, started an investigation after the initial report received Aug. 28.
“It snowballed from there,” said Ransum. “We’ve done six or seven reports and solved six burglaries. We came up with some information where the stuff was. We’ve got about 90 to 95 percent of the stolen property back on the different victims at Lax Fish Camp. It’s just going through it and getting everything sorted out and identified that takes so much time. We’ve about gotten all of that done. We’re still plugging along at it and will probably get it within the next week or so.”
According to Ransum, most of the burglaries appear to be drug-related with perpetrators trading the merchandise for drugs. As the investigation continues, more arrests are expected.
“We’re looking into other burglaries tied in with this which we haven’t recovered stuff on,” said Leesburg Police Chief Terrell Ransum. “But hopefully, we’ve got some good leads.”
“It was a pretty good burglary ring going on,” said Officer Ransum. “We’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg.