SPRING HILL, FL – On Saturday, February 26, 2022 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Family Dollar Store located at 10620 Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill in reference to a retail theft in progress.
The caller told 9-1-1 that two individuals had just fled the store carrying two white plastic garbage bags full of stolen merchandise from the store. A clerk gave chase, and one of the suspects dropped his bag of stolen merchandise as he attempted to flee the area.
Once on scene, deputies observed video surveillance of the incident. The footage showed the two male suspects wearing ski masks and baseball caps in an attempt to hide their identities. The clerk said the two male suspects got into a silver sedan and left the area.
Nearly and hour later, another 9-1-1 call was received from a Dollar General Store located at 865 S. Broad Street in reference a retail theft. The suspects’ description matched the description of the suspects in the Family Dollar Store theft. The suspects also fled that store carrying white garbage bags full of various stolen merchandise. A witness followed the suspects as they fled the store in a 2020 Nissan Altima with the stolen merchandise. The witness provided 9-1-1 with a description of the vehicle and the direction of the suspects travel.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the ‘ vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Hurban Street in Masaryktown. Inside the vehicle deputies found three suspects along with eight full garbage bags of various stolen merchandise. A canvass bag containing 4.7 grams of marijuana that was divided into 16 separate baggies was also located inside the vehicle. The suspects were immediately taken into custody.
The suspects were identified as 22 year old Johnny King III, 22 year old Antone Jones Jr., and 22 year old Alex A. Street. The suspects drove to Hernando County from the St. Petersburg area.
One of the suspects, Alex Street, told investigators the men visited numerous stores throughout the area where King and Jones stole various merchandise. Street said he at all times remained in the vehicle and did not participate in the thefts.
King was also identified as a suspect in a recent theft from Ulta Beauty. He was also arrested and charged in connection with that investigation.
Johnny King III was charged with Grand Theft and two counts of Petit Theft. His bond was set at $15,000. Antone Jones Jr. was charged with two counts of Petit Theft, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Equipment. His bond was set at $5,000. Alex Street was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell and Possession of Drug Equipment. His bond was set at $3,000.
King and Antone are facing likely additional theft charges for involvement in ongoing investigations.