Burglary Suspects Behind Bars

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(Chipley, FL; April 11, 2013)— The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two Graceville men on charges stemming for two residential burglaries in east Washington County.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office received information in reference to a burglary that had occurred on Lovewood Road in which several items had been stolen including firearms, jewelry and electronics.

Subsequent to the above call, officers responded to a call in reference to a burglary of a residence on Barber Road. When officers arrived they found several firearms as well as a 4 wheeler had been taken from the property.

As a result of a month long investigation, investigators were able to identify suspects involved in both burglaries and recover several items.

Arrested and charged:

Justin Matthew Ducker, 26 year old white male of Graceville, FL
• Armed Burglary (2 Counts)
• Grand Theft of a Firearm (8 Counts)
• Grand Theft of a Vehicle
• Felony Criminal Mischief

Ronald Vito Palumbo, 60 year old white male of Graceville, FL
• Armed Burglary (2 Counts)
• Grand Theft of a Firearm (8 Counts)
• Grand Theft of a Vehicle
• Felony Criminal Mischief

“Plan to "burglarize" your house yourself” says Sheriff Bobby Haddock. “You'll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.”

Most home burglaries are done by amateurs. Putting into place simple precautions can often thwart thieves.

• Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
• Change all the locks when you move into a new house.
• Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.
• Before turning your house key over to a professional house cleaner for several hours, make sure the person is honest and reputable as well as hardworking. Check all references thoroughly. If the house cleaner is from a firm, call your local Better Business Bureau to check on the firm's reputation.
• Don't leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
• If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don't want to be observed trying to get in a door.
• Talk to your neighbors about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about.
• To keep your tools from being stolen, paint the handles. Thieves avoid items that are easy to identify.
• Do not list your full name on your mailbox or your entry in the telephone book. Use only your initial and your last name.
• Photograph all items of value including firearms, jewelry, electronics, etc.
• When appropriate, make a record of corresponding serial numbers, make, model, and value.

Sheriff Haddock asks that anyone with information on illegal activity contact us at 638-TIPS (8477) or by email at tips@wcso.us.

Justin Matthew Ducker
Ronald Vito Palumbo

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