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Aripeka burglary suspect arrested in New Jersey

Tony Holt Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:42 PM

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Joseph Dion Lucid lived in Hernando County for about two months before moving back to New Jersey.

He was here long enough to commit more than a dozen crimes across two counties, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Most of his criminal acts took place the night of Aug. 13, deputies said.

Lucid, 37, entered a home along Shine Lane while the residents were sleeping and stole car keys, purses and electronics, according to a media release.

Deputies said Lucid used one set of car keys to steal a Ford F-250, which they later discovered parked near the suspect's trailer home.

Lucid committed similar thefts that same night in the area of Shine and Indian Gulf lanes, according to the sheriff's office.

He also is a suspect in a grand theft auto case out of Pasco County. Authorities said the stolen vehicle was dumped in the Aripeka area the same night Lucid committed the rash of burglaries.

The lead detective in the case uncovered information during the investigation that connected Lucid to the crimes, but because the case remains open, no specifics could be released, said sheriff's office spokeswoman Denise Moloney.

Deputies said they tried several times to contact Lucid, but they were unsuccessful. His family told detectives he might have returned to New Jersey. Both his family and his girlfriend said Lucid is "severely addicted to crack cocaine," according to the sheriff's office.

A warrant was issued for Lucid's arrest last week and days later he was picked up in New Jersey on suspicion he stole another car, authorities said.

Extradition arrangements were made with local law enforcement and Lucid is expected to stand trial in Hernando on 13 counts of burglary and one count each of grand theft auto and petit theft.

His grand theft auto charge out of Pasco remains pending and he might also be facing another charge of defrauding a pawn broker, according to the sheriff's office. (352) 544-5283

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