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Search Ends with Arrest of Juvenile Suspect
Friday, October 7, 2011

October 7, 2011

CCSO's Search for Missing Juvenile/Suspect Ends with Arrest

This morning at 2 a.m., suspect Cody Thatcher was taking into custody in Clay County. After an extensive investigation conducted by CCSO Detective Bryan Smith, information was developed that Thatcher was hiding in the Greenwood subdivision and waiting for transportation out of the area.

Members of CCSO's Operations Safe Streets (Blue), General Investigations Unit and K-9 Deputy Lowery developed a plan to stop the vehicle Thatcher was in at a predetermined location. A felony traffic stop was conducted and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. He was armed with the .380 pistol that he had stolen the night before during a burglary. He was arrested for a warrant out of our county for grand theft auto, armed Burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, and carrying a concealed firearm. Additionally, a hold was placed on him for the escape warrant for Duval County.

Residents of neighborhoods all along CR 220 and College Avenue are likely aware of the initial search for this suspect that occurred for approximately twelve (12) hours the night before last. One of the attached reports mentions an injured K-9 Deputy. That actually involves K-9 Deputy "Santos", the dog, which was injured when he jumped across a fence in attempt to track the suspect two evenings ago. Santos is recovering from surgery and is expected to recover from the injuries.

This incident was an outstanding example of the determination and teamwork displayed on a daily basis by our members to keep the citizens of Clay County safe.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Mary Justino



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