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One-Legged Burglary Suspect Busted By Prosthetics

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Three burglaries in three weeks within a mile radius left some residents of Levy County rattled, but a unique print left at the scene of a burglary led investigators to the suspect.

A prosthetic leg print was found at the scene of the second burglary. Police sent word out to the public to try and find who the print belonged to and a local secondhand metal shop called soon after, leading police to suspect Matthew John Bennett and his accomplice. After the arrest, officials recovered nearly all the stolen items.

“If it had not been for the cooperative nature of our local businesses, this case might have gone unsolved,” said Lt. Scott Tummond of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

Bennett is currently being held at the Levy County Detention Facilility where he is charged with burglary and grand theft. His bond is set at $370,000.

This story has been updated to accurately reflect a change in the suspect’s bond.  The bond was originally reported at $375,000 at the time the video and story were originally published. Tummond reported Wednesday morning that Bennett’s bond was changed to $370,000. 

About Allison Valdez

Allison is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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