Accident – Death – Obituary News : VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Authorities in Volusia County have made a significant breakthrough in their investigation into multiple break-ins at local nail salons. The search for the person responsible for these crimes led to the arrest of a fugitive wanted for murder.
The investigation began when deputies responded to reports of a burglary at Spa Nail Salon on Elkcam Blvd. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. A neighboring business employee noticed that the front door’s glass had been shattered and immediately contacted the authorities.
Surveillance footage from the salon revealed that the burglary took place at around 1 a.m. The video showed a masked individual entering through the shattered glass door and heading straight for the cash register. Despite several unsuccessful attempts to open the register, the suspect eventually fled the scene with it.
Further evidence came to light when a camera near the salon captured images of the suspect’s vehicle, a white Infiniti sedan. This description matched the vehicle used in a similar burglary at Premiere Nails in Edgewater just an hour later.
Using license plate readers near both salons, investigators were able to identify the suspect vehicle as belonging to 21-year-old Xavier Jones from Orlando. Volusia County deputies sought the assistance of Orange County deputies, who located the vehicle parked at Jones’ address.
Upon searching the vehicle, detectives discovered a mask in the back seat that matched the one worn by the suspect in the Spa Nail salon burglary video. Additionally, they found a glove, loose coins, a salon loyalty card, pieces of a cash register, and broken glass. The back boots found in the car had shards of broken glass stuck in the soles.
Initially denying any involvement in the burglaries, Jones claimed that he had rented the sedan to someone else. However, DNA collected from the mask found in the suspect vehicle matched a sample provided by Jones. Consequently, he was taken into custody on Monday in Orange County on multiple charges, including burglary, criminal mischief, and violation of probation.
While at Jones’ residence, detectives encountered another individual, identified as 19-year-old Taverance Jackson Jr. of Opa-Locka. It was discovered that Jackson had an active murder warrant from Georgia for his involvement in a shooting at an Albany apartment complex on Nov. 30. Two men were killed, and another was wounded in the incident.
During the search of Jones’ house, deputies located two firearms believed to have been used in the Georgia shooting. Jackson was subsequently arrested and booked into the Orange County jail on the murder warrant. He is being held without bond.
This breakthrough in the investigation not only brings closure to the nail salon burglaries in Volusia County but also ensures that a murder suspect is now in custody. The collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies in Volusia and Orange counties have proven crucial in apprehending these individuals.
Residents are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities. The swift action taken by law enforcement highlights their commitment to maintaining community safety.
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