Two Miami-Dade county men are facing charges in Columbia County for a burglary that occurred on October 8, 2009.
Nextran Corporation, 328 S.W. Ring Ct, Lake City, FL, was burglarized over the weekend of October 8, 2009. The suspects stole 36 sets of rims and tires from semi-trucks parked at the business. The rims and tires were on Nextran owned trucks as well as customer trucks. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be over $30,000.00.
Detective Calvin Fenner was assigned to investigate the case. Detective Fenner is also the Crime Scene Technician for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Fenner was able to collect evidence at the scene and then process that evidence at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Fenner was able to obtain fingerprints and DNA from the collected items of evidence. The fingerprints and DNA samples were sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee, FL for further examination. Laboratory technicians at FDLE were able to match the fingerprints and DNA to the two suspects.
Detective Fenner networked with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state which led to the arrest of Mr. Parris in Miami-Dade County. It was discovered that these two suspects were previously arrested for similar burglaries in Sarasota, FL and Bradenton, FL in 2009.
Don Alvin Parris, 02/23/1957
2370 N.W. 48th St, Miami, FL
(Currently in custody at the Columbia County Detention Facility. $50K bond, booked on 12/15/09 after being transported from Miami-Dade County)
Gary Ward, 01/31/1950
13436 S.W. 262 St, Homestead, FL (Not in custody. Actively being sought)
Both Parris and Ward face charges of Grand Theft (2nd Degree) and Burglary. Parris is currently in custody at the Columbia County Detention Facility and arrest warrants have been issued for Gary Ward. To date, none of the stolen property has been recovered.
Detective Fenner used his experience and expertise in crime scene processing and technology to help bring this case to a successful closure. Crime Scene Technician Volunteer, Ronnie Ash, assisted Detective Fenner with this case.
Anyone with information about this or any other crime may call Crime Stoppers of Columbia County at 386.754.7099. You may remain anonymous and be eligible for a monetary award.