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Suspects arrested in string of Crawfordville vehicle burglaries

Posted: 9:07 AM, Jul 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-16 09:15:45-04
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WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Wakulla County deputies have arrested two suspects that broke into multiple vehicles and made purchases using stolen credit cards at local businesses.

Deputies say two vehicle burglaries were reported from the same Crawfordville neighborhood on July 12.

In one vehicle, approximately $20 in change was stolen. In the other, two credit cards were stolen.

The suspects then used the credit cards to make seven purchases at various businesses.

On Monday, a complainant from the same neighborhood caught a suspect in his vehicle.

Deputies say the suspect stole $300 in coins, a Ziploc bag of coins, a sun glass case containing $20, and then fled the scene.

During the investigation, security footage from a Chevron station help deputies identify the suspects as Michael Marshall and Eric Lucas.

Marshall and Lucas were also shown on video making a purchase with a stolen credit card. In addition, deputies received access of video from Walmart that showed the men making a purchase of a stereo system and speakers.

Detectives say a warranty made from one of their purchases led them to a Crawfordville address and name.

When deputies went to the address they found Marshall along with Tonya Rueth-Harvey.

Deputies say Marshall admitted to using the credit cards and admitted to purchasing a master cylinder at Auto Zone.

Shortly after he was taken into custody. Detectives found that Rueth-Harvey had an outstanding warrant and was also taken into custody.

During the investigation, Lucas was located and arrested near Centennial Bank.

During an interview Lucas admitted to being present during all the credit card transactions and helping install vehicle parts purchased with the credit cards.

After deputies arrested him they found a Ziploc bag in his right front pocket containing assorted change.

As of Monday, all three suspects have been book into the Wakulla County Jail on the following charges:

Marshall was charged with two counts of burglary, eight counts of larceny, and seven counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Lucas was charged with three counts of burglary, grand theft, seven counts of Larceny, and eight counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Rueth-Harvey is facing charges on her outstanding arrest warrant.