Arrest Made in U.S. Post Office Rooftop Burglary and 7-Eleven Robbery
UPDATE: 1:39 P.M. – Officials have now confirmed our earlier report that 28-year-old Johnathan Michael Bizuk is the man responsible for the Post Office Burglary and 7-Eleven Robbery.
Officials say just after 11:00 p.m. on November 27th, Bizuk entered the 7-Eleven located at 6016 Spring Hill Drive and stole cash from the register, pushed the clerk, and then fled on foot.
Surveillance video revealed tattoos that matched Bizuk’s and through tips officials were able to positively identify Bizuk as the suspect.
Last night Major Case Detectives, along with Selective Enforcement Units and two K-9 teams, attempted to make contact with Bizuk at his home located at 1252 Garrett Avenue. When detectives moved in, Bizuk fled but was confronted by Deputy Jeff Andrews and his K-9 partner Valor. Andrews deployed Valor after Bizuk refused to obey commands to surrender. Bizuk was taken into custody and transported to Bayonet Point Hospital where he was treated for dog bites before being booked into the Hernando County Jail.
During an interview with Detectives, Bizuk admitted to the 7-Eleven robbery and the Post Office Burglary, among other crimes. Bizuk claims he committed the crimes to support a drug habit.
A search warrant was executed inside Bizuk’s residence where they located clothing worn during the robbery and evidence from the Post Office burglary. Detectives also discovered 2 lbs of marijuana that belonged to 23-year-old Joshua Almeida inside the residence. Almeida was taken into custody and transported to the Hernando County Jail.
In a statement, Sheriff Al Nienhuis said “This case is a perfect example of our how our social media presence allows us to solve open cases and prevent future ones. We appreciate every person who takes the time to review our posts and steps forward with tips. Even with the assistance of our citizens, however, it can still take a lot of resources to find and apprehend criminals.”
Nienhuis took a jab at the Board of County Commissioners over the ongoing budget dispute, stating “This operation alone, for example, took 50% of our small 4-person Canine Unit. This case illustrates why the additional K-9 deputy/handler was requested in this year’s budget. Even if funds were approved today, it will take several months to fill and train the position.”
Bizuk is currently charged with robbery and 2-counts of burglary. He remains behind bars on a $20,000 bond.
SPRING HILL – Officials have confirmed that an arrest has been made in Tuesday’s rooftop Burglary of the U.S. Post Office on Spring Hill Drive.
RNRF broke the news Tuesday morning, after several viewers reported seeing heavy law enforcement activity around the post office.
Sources say 28-year-old Jonathon Michael Bizuk of Spring Hill was arrested at a residence on Garrett Ave last night and charged with two counts of burglary and one count of robbery. It is not known at this time if those charges are related to the Post Office burglary or if Federal charges are forthcoming.
There are unconfirmed reports that Bizuk is also responsible for the November 27th robbery of the 7-Eleven at Spring Hill Drive and Kenlake Ave.
Officials are expected to provide a full report on Bizuk’s arrest later today.
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