Two charged in Palm Coast home burglary

Homeowner trails suspects after interrupting burglary

By Tarik Minor - Anchor, I-TEAM reporter
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PALM COAST, FLORIDA - Two Daytona Beach residents were arrested Friday afternoon in Volusia County and charged with burglary in a break-in of a Palm Coast home earlier in the day.

Michael O'hara Jones Jr., 18 years-of-age and Key'Shaun Ronald Eugene Martin Jr, 16 years old, are both being held in the Volusia County Jail on charges of Burglary and Grand Theft filed by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Flagler deputies received a call at 12:39 p.m. from the Palm Coast homeowner who apparently interrupted the burglars as they were leaving her home on Ethan Allen Drive. The homeowner was able to give deputies a description of the burglars' vehicle and a portion of the vehicle license plate.

As the burglars fled, the homeowner followed their yellow Mustang down East Hampton Drive until she lost sight of them when they turned on Ethan Allen Lane.

Flagler deputies located the burglars traveling eastbound on State Road 100 and followed them as they turned south on I-95 toward Volusia County. Deputies reported the Mustang was traveling at a speed of about 90 miles on hour on the interstate until they exited the interstate on Old Dixie Highway and headed east toward Ormond Beach.

The burglars eluded Flagler deputies who called off their search when Volusia County Sheriff's deputies became involved. The burglars and their vehicle were eventually located at Walmart in Holly Hill and taken into custody by Volusia County deputies.

Initial reports indicated at least one of the burglars had a gun in his possession.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

"The homeowner proved to be a valuable resource, but we don't recommend that civilians attempt to chase burglars," said Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre.

"In this case, the victim got an excellent vehicle description and a partial tag number and she was able to give us a direction of travel – all very important information."

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