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Burglary suspect captured after air and land search

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001

INVERNESS -- A burglary suspect was behind bars after deputies from two counties tracked him Thursday by helicopter, car and foot into Marion County.

Citrus County sheriff's deputies initially responded to a call from a man reporting that someone had broken into the home of his neighbor at 4049 E Withlacoochee Trail and had taken a television and VCR.

The agency deployed its helicopter and road deputies, who looked for the suspect's car.

Sgt. Bill Kelley located the car near some woods in Marion County near State Road 200 and Marion County Road 484.

Marion County sheriff's deputies formed two search perimeters near Spruce Creek Preserve, a gated community just north of the Citrus County line.

Aided by two dogs, they tracked the suspect for 5 miles, said Marion County Sgt. James Pogue.

William Miller, 49, of 2228 NW 18th St., Ocala, was arrested on charges of grand theft, burglary, obstructing justice, and fleeing and eluding law enforcement.

He was being held on $35,500 bail at the Marion County Detention Facility.

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