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Two Tampa men arrested in connection with a Friday afternoon burglary in Bushnell

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A manhunt along C.R. 575 resulted in the arrest of two Tampa men, charged in connection with a burglary on C.R. 663 on Friday afternoon. The arrests took place after a nearly hour-long manhunt in the area of C.R. 575, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Quinten F. Everett, 25,  and Darren Haggins, 27,  were both charged with two counts of burglary, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of grand theft and three counts of criminal mischief, according to the sheriff's office press release.
Quinten F. Everett, 25, and Darren Haggins, 27, were both charged with two counts of burglary, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of grand theft and three counts of criminal mischief, according to the sheriff's office press release.

It was just after 11 a.m. when the Sumter County Sheriff's Office received a call to the 7000 block of C.R. 663 in Bushnell. The complainant advised that he had watched someone kick in the door of a nearby residence. The caller then reported that the two people fled from the house, heading eastbound. They abandoned a Nissan Altima at the scene, with the keys in the ignition and the motor running, according to the sheriff's office.

The report went on to say that at approximately 11:36 a.m., a deputy was flagged down by a resident who advised two people had jumped a fence and fled towards Fuller's Nursey. Sumter County K-9's, bloodhounds and Eagle One were deployed. Deputies responded to the area, set up a perimeter and began searching the surrounding area. The suspects were spotted crossing C.R. 575, south of Fullers Nursery into a wooded area. Deputies surrounded the area where the suspects were spotted. They were observed again behind a house located in the 7400 block of C.R. 575, heading back towards Fuller's Nursery. Deputies reportedly found the two men hiding in thick underbrush and at approximately 12:31 p.m., the two subjects were apprehended and placed into custody. One of the suspects was transported to Dade City hospital for heat exhaustion. One deputy was treated on-scene for heat exhaustion.

The sheriff's office reports that the incident is believed to be part of an ongoing burglary spree that is occurring throughout Florida.

The press release notes that since October 2016 the Sumter County Sheriff's Office has had 23 daytime residential kick-in burglaries and that the arrests represent a significant step towards identifying and capturing the various groups involved.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office acknowledges that this capture likely would not have happened without the citizen who chose to see something and say something.