Arrests in Union County's most costly burglary

Photo from Union County Sheriff's Office of coins stolen in burglary
Photo from Union County Sheriff's Office of coins stolen in burglary

UNION COUNTY, Fla. – The Union County Sheriff's Office announced four arrests in the most costly burglary in the county's history on Tuesday.

Deputies responded to a home in the southwestern portion of the county on September 22, after a Providence family reported a burglary at their home.

The investigation revealed nearly $250,000 in precious metals, coins and cash were stolen.

Investigators said tips began coming in after posting the items on Facebook (ring pictured right).


The investigation led to a multi-state search for the property that showed up in Union County, Panama City, Georgia, Nevada, Colorado and Idaho.

A large portion of the precious metals, which included platinum coins and diamonds as well as collectible coins, rings, necklaces and some cash were recovered.

Four people have been arrested so far:

  • Cyle Harden, 22, of Lake City (currently being held in Idaho)
  • Julian Merriex, 21, of Lake Butler
  • Brandon Snowden, 19, of Providence
  • 17-year-old female of Panama City (currently being held in Gainesville)

The suspects face multiple criminal offenses, which may include federal charges of transporting stolen property across state boundaries.

Additional property in Idaho was recovered and seized, which includes a vehicle bought with the stolen cash.

Investigators also combed wooded locations where it's believed some of the jewelry and cash had been buried.

As of this past weekend, some bodies of water were also searched using metal detecting equipment.

If you have any information on this case, call the Union County Sheriff's Office or visit www.unionsheriff.us and select "send a crime tip."