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Flames engulf burglary suspects' vehicle

Duo was accused of stealing items from Marion County home

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A burglary suspect's vehicle became engulfed in flames after it broke down in the middle of the road, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies first responded to a home on SE 132rd Street Road in Ocklawaha on Sunday in reference to a burglary.

The victim called deputies to report several items stolen, including $100,000 in U.S. currency, jewelry and coins.

The victim also told deputies his brother witnessed two suspects enter the home and commit the burglary.

The suspects were identified as Natalie Kaiser, 31, and Lane Ravey, 30, according to deputies.

At some point, the victim got in his vehicle and began following the suspects. He said Ravey pointed a silver revolver style gun, possibly a BB gun, at him while he was following them.

The vehicle the suspects were riding in broke down in the middle of the road and started emitting smoke.

Deputies had arrived at that point. One deputy said Kaiser was outside the vehicle and Ravey started to bring a long rifle-type gun out of the cab.

The deputies took Ravey into custody and put him in the back of the patrol car. They also secured Kaiser.

Meantime, the deputies attempted to extinguish the fire in the suspect's vehicle, but it became engulfed in flames. Marion County Fire Rescue personnel arrived to help.

At that time, deputies went back to the patrol car to check on Ravey, who refused to identify himself.

While secured in the patrol car, Ravey began to kick the window bars and was placed in hobble restraints to prevent further damage to himself or the vehicle, deputies said.

Deputies then found plastic bags with methamphetamine and several pills on him, as well as remnants of a marijuana blunt, according to MCSO.

Ravey told deputies he had swallowed five balloons of heroin prior to being taken into custody, MCSO said. 

Ravey was taken to the hospital for treatment, where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

Paramedics said they found a glass pipe, several of the victim's stolen items and a plastic bag of heroin near his backside.

Kaiser, who originally gave deputies a false name, was arrested on outstanding Marion County warrants and on burglary and grand theft charges stemming from this case, investigators said.

Of the items that were taken from the victim's home, only a motorized bicycle, two gold coins, one silver coin and two hats were recovered and returned to the victim.