• Man wanted in connection with St. Augustine gun store burglary in jail after wild chase

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    ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. - A man wanted in connection with a local gun store burglary is in jail after a wild chase with a 2-year-old in the car.

    The St. John’s County Sheriff's Office says a white BMW was seen near the gun store around the time of the burglary Monday morning.   

    The suspect driving the car was spotted in Volusia County and tried to get away from deputies.

    Action News Jax got ahold of the incident report, which states the burglary happened in less than a minute.

    We also found out the suspect just got out of prison a month ago and two other suspect could still be on the run.


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    Ronald Salley, 23, of Orlando, is the man St. Johns County deputies said led law enforcement on the wild chase in Volusia County after deputies said he helped knock over the gun supply store in St. Augustine.

    “My stomach flipped when you said that there was that many missing,” Ann-Marie Darcy said.

    Ann-Marie Darcy lives near the Top Gun Supply store, and she, along with other neighbors, is disturbed by what happened and how it happened.

    “I sort of wonder how they weren’t protected a little bit better, I guess,” said Fully Fowler. "We’re thinking this is our neighborhood, and what’s going to happen now because some people stole a bunch of guns?”

    The burglary took place Monday afternoon. The Sheriff's office told Action News Jax that 34 guns, including three semi-automatic weapons, were stolen.

    The Sheriff's Office said Salley tried to run away and threw down a gun that turned out to be one of the stolen guns while leaving a passenger and a 2-year-old child in the car.

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    Getting the stolen guns back isn’t just on the minds of law enforcement. Some neighbors who live here are worried the guns have fallen into the wrong hands.

    “Sad, it’s scary, too. I still have teenage boys here. We moved here when it was a safe town. You have to really think about the growth and what’s going on,” said Darcy. 

    The Sheriff's Office told us it won’t be releasing the security camera footage because of the investigation is in its early stages.

    Action News Jax will continue to follow this story as it develops. 

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