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Citrus and surrounding counties have been experiencing a trend in daytime burglaries in which homes, many in rural ares, are being forced into and guns, jewelry, cash and other items are being stolen.  The burglaries began in mid January and are continuing. Citrus has experienced twelve of these incidents in both residential and rural areas in different areas of the county (see map).  The homicide scene that was discovered on Friday at 6662 W. Candier Ct., Dunnellon, has been found to have similarities to the recent burglaries that have occured. There was forced entry into the home, the home was in a rural area and the residence was ransacked.  Sheriff Jeff Dawsy is urging residents to keep doors locked all day and set alarm systems if you have them. "It is not known at this time if the burglaries are related to the homicide, but in an abundance of caution I'm urging all of our residents to take this advisory seriously and report all suspicious activity immediately to 911," Dawsy said. "Lock your doors, leave outside lights on at night, set alarm systems and if you see something, say something."

Sheriff's detectives are working around the clock to process evidence, conduct interviews and develop a suspect (s) . If you have any information regarding these incidents, you can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $3,000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers of Citrus County at 1-888-ANY-TIPS

Home Safety Tips:

  • Make it appear as though someone is home in the daytime and nighttime hours.
  • Park a car in the driveway, not the garage – but make sure both are locked.
  • Leave a radio or television on inside.
  • Leave on interior fans or lamps, i.e., leave on a bathroom light.
  • Make sure newspapers and mail are collected every day.
  • Make sure windows and doors are locked.
  • Leave outside lights on at night.
  • Don’t open the door to anyone you don’t recognize.
    • Don’t open the door to any door-to-door sales people or otherwise without calling the Sheriff’s Office.
    • Call 911 if anyone knocks on your door and asks for someone who lives there who DOESN’T live there.
  • Report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.

Contact Crime Prevention Deputy Nancy Suto at 527-3703 to schedule a crime prevention speaker.



Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number, a way to submit tips via the Web and a way to text tips,  to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information that will help law enforcement agencies  fight crime.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.

Crime Stoppers relies on volunteers and tax deductible contributions from the public in order to operate the administration of the program. 

***Rewards must be collected within 90 days of original approval. After 90 days, the reward must be reapproved by the Board of Directors. No reward will be reapproved if originally approved in a previous grant year and more than 90 days have lapsed in a new grant year.***





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