On Thursday, April 17, detectives from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people suspected of a string of burglaries in Fort White and High Springs.
The ongoing investigation began in mid-March when a residence on SW Boulder Glen in Fort White was burglarized. During the initial report, deputies noted that a suspicious vehicle had been seen in the area by the victim prior to the break in.
Detectives followed up the case and received information from High Spring Police Department that they too were working similar cases. The Sheriff’s Office and High Springs PD shared information and developed suspects based on both agencies’ investigations. The suspects identified had a car that matched the description of the vehicle seen by the victim in March.
Detectives located the suspects in Columbia County and subsequently arrested them. A search warrant was executed on their home at 366 SW Rock Way and some of the items taken were recovered.
Arrested was Johnnie Pate, 35 and Brandi Moneyhan, 29 for burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, trespassing in a structure or conveyance, grand theft, and possession of drug equipment with no bond at this time. Additional charges are pending as evidence is processed and linked to other cases.