A 35-year-old Lake City man was arrested Friday in connection with multiple burglaries to convenience stores.
On June 16, the Spring Food Store on Llewellyn Avenue was burglarized and several items were taken. Deputies said they were able to obtain evidence from the scene that later led to the identification of Larry Simpson.
During the months of July and August, four more stores were burglarized in a similar manner, deputies said.
On Wednesday, a burglary took place at the Fast Track store on Highway 100 and Price Creek Road. Deputies said the burglar broke the front window and gained access to the store. Once inside, he realized a clerk was there, and the burglar ordered the clerk to the back of the store, but the clerk was unharmed, deputies said.
While in the store, the burglar took several items.
On Thursday, deputies said processed evidence was received identifying Simpson as a suspect for the June 16 burglary. Detectives searched his home and said they found further evidence inside.
Simpson was found Friday and fled into the woods, deputies said. They said he was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and was stunned with a Taser.
Simpson sustained minor injuries and was transported to Lake Shore Hospital, then booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility on numerous charges.