An uncle-nephew duo smashed into a DeLand convenience store with a newspaper box Tuesday night and stole $900, but it didn't take long for authorities to catch up to them, Volusia County deputies say.
Just 13 hours after the break-in, deputies arrested Edward Sanford, 48, and his 29-year-old nephew, Andre Tait Jr.
According to a Sheriff's Office news release:
Deputies responded to the Hontoon Convenience Store on Old New York Avenue just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, they saw that the front-door glass had been shattered, and $900 was stolen.
Video captured on a surveillance camera revealed that the glass had been shattered by a newspaper box. The video also showed a man kicking the glass several times to open a hole, which he crawled through. He was seen getting into a white cargo van in the parking lot and holding his right knee as though he'd been injured by the broken glass.
Just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, a DeLand Police officer spotted a white van matching the one seen in the surveillance video and pulled it over. Sanford was the driver, and Tait was a passenger.
The traffic stop led deputies to the duo's DeLand apartment. Inside, deputies found clothes matching those seen in the video. Sanford also appeared to have fresh cuts and scratches on his lower right leg and left arm.
Investigators say Tait confessed to driving the van on the night of the break-in and have filed a charging affidavit for burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. Sanford has not cooperated with the investigation and faces charges of grand theft, burglary and drug possession. Investigators also have linked Sanford to two other DeLand-area burglaries in the past week, they said.