CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Two men and one woman were arrested Wednesday in connection with multiple restaurant burglaries, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.
Charles Anthon Prinder, 20, Justin Daquan Jones, 19, and Terrell Renee Webb, 20, all of Jacksonville, face four counts of burglary to structure.
Prinder and Jones are also charged with resisting officers without violence.
According to CCSO, the three people were caught at El Apache on Blanding Boulevard Wednesday morning after the son of the restaurant owners called to report the break-in while it was happening.
About 4:30 a.m., Brian Florez woke up after falling asleep in his office, which is right next door to his parents' restaurant, El Apache. He told News4Jax that he heard the burglars knocking around.
“So while he was trying to act casual and go across the street to the gas station, I was already talking to the police officer and telling them what he was doing right away,” Florez said. “Lights flashed and they got him right there.”
The Florez family has owned El Apache since 1998. Florez said anytime there’s a burglary it hurts, but he’s grateful for the quick reaction of CCSO.
“I was very surprised, you know. As soon as this happened, I called them and I kind of felt instantly that there was someone out here in just a few minutes. Not only that, but three or four cars came out. And they did what they had to do,” Florez said.
Deputies said the burglary spree in Clay County this month caused more than $2,500 in damage to the businesses and more than $2,000 in cash and property was stolen.
May 4 through Wednesday, deputies said, the three targeted China 1 on Blanding Boulevard, Hunan Wok on Blanding Boulevard, Fire Wok on Blanding Boulevard, Wok-N-Roll on Wells Road, Egg Roll King on Blanding Boulevard, Hot Wok on Loch Rane Boulevard, Joey Mozzarella on Blanding Boulevard and El Apache on Blanding Boulevard.
Clay County investigators said they’re working with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office because they believe the suspects are connected to as many as a dozen burglary cases in Duval County as well.
“We later learned they were, in fact, connected to several. Eight we’ve had here in Clay County, as well as almost a dozen Jacksonville has experienced over the past several months,” CCSO Undersheriff Craig Aldrich said.