3 suspects caught after break-in at Family Market

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PALATKA, Fla. - Three men were arrested Wednesday in the robbery of the Family Market in Palatka.

According to police, officers responded to a call around 7:45 a.m. at the store on Madison Street when employees realized the store had been broken into.

Cpl. Todd Davis reported to an apartment located at 505 North 24th St. in Palatka after witnesses reported seeing individuals selling cigarettes and other items in the area, along with some suspicious activity.

Upon arriving at the complex, Davis was able to identify several items from the burglary inside the home of Romeo Staples.

Davis, along with Sgt. Brian Hawkins and Sgt. Jason Shaw, said they recovered thousands of dollars in coins, cash and merchandise from the home.

Kris Ham and Jateveis McHellen were located a short time later and placed under arrest, along with Staples.

All three were arrested on charges of armed burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. Ham and McHellen were also arrested on charges of dealing in stolen property and resisting arrest.

Staples and Ham were booked into the Putnam County jail with no bond.

McHellen was detained by the Juvenile Justice authorities.

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