Man tampers with dead animals, steals county car
BY KAITRYN WETZEL/CBS12 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH 2016
VERO BEACH (CBS12) — One man remains behind bars after a bizarre crime spree in Indian River County.
Julian Gonzalez was charged with grand theft auto, burglary, criminal mischief, and fleeing from law enforcement.
Gonzalez began his crime spree by stealing a county vehicle from the county compound yard. He then drove the vehicle, while under the influence, and proceeded to break into the Animal Control Office.
The manager of Animal Control told deputies that when he entered the office at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, he noticed that the fire extinguisher has been tampered with.
Deputies said that the manager also led them to a freezer where they store dead animals. The animals were removed from plastic bags, and placed on the floor of the freezer. Deputies were able to test fingerprints and shoe imprints in the white powder sprayed from the fire extinguisher.
The sheriff's office had a suspect already in custody before the investigation began at Animal Control. Gonzalez was arrested by deputies after a slow speed chase in a stolen county vehicle just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Investigators say that crime scene detectives processed the scene at animal control and later tested Gonzalez's shoe prints and fingerprints. They determined that Gonzalez was the person that broke into the Animal Control Office.
Gonzalez is in the Indian River County Jail.
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