Series of burglaries leaves neighborhood with shaken sense of security

A crime spree that spanned two counties landed one man in jail and left the other dead.

 

It started with a burglary Tuesday morning in Hernando County before spilling over into Citrus.

 

Timothy Stone is being held in the Hernando County Jail under a $50,000 bond. The man he is accused of stealing from a Hernando County home was killed in a separate incident in Citrus County.

 

Deputies say Stone and Johnathan Braden were stealing items off the porch of a house on Flavian Road when the homeowners caught them.

 

Nancy Lane lives behind that house. She said, "It's really made me nervous."

 

Lane said Tuesday night she and her husband made sure their house was more secure than it has ever been in the 15 years she has lived there.

 

She was outside Tuesday morning when she heard her neighbor screaming at someone.

 

"We heard the neighbor behind us yelling, 'you better get out of here.' and a lot of explicit language and he was saying 'If you don't get out of here I'm going to put a bullet in you.'"

 

Stone and Braden took off running and deputies were on their way

 

"I had seen the cop cars and I was wondering what was going on," Jana Overstreet said.

 

Overstreet said patrol cars, a helicopter and police dogs were all over the neighborhood. 

 

Deputies caught Stone, but Braden made it to a house on this property nearby in floral city, just across the county line in citrus.

 

Investigators say Theron Dunn, caught Braden burglarizing his parents house. The two squared off, pointing guns at each other before Dunn convinced Braden to drop his weapon and leave.

 

But on the way out, deputies say Braden attacked Dunn, hitting him in the face and choking him.

 

Dunn was able to reach his gun and shot Braden, killing him.

 

"It surprised me. I mean that's what had to be done. If the person is on their property, trying to come into their house. You do that," Overstreet said.

 

Deputies say Dunn acted in self defense and is not facing charges at this time.

 

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