Lee County Sheriff's Office arrests suspect outside Lee Village in about an hour's time

It took the Lee County Sheriff's Office two minutes to respond to a call about an attempted robbery.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

On Thursday morning, the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to a call in regards to an attempted burglary.

According to Sheriff Reggie Rachals, the call came in at approximately 8:10 a.m.. By around 9:15 a.m., the suspect had been caught and arrested.

Sheriff Rachals says the initial call told deputies someone was attempting to break into a residential home on Old Leesburg Road. It took deputies approximately two minutes to respond.

Once the sheriff's office arrived on scene, the suspect took off on foot, camouflaging himself in a wooded area.

According to the sheriff, the suspect was caught and detained at Lee Village Apartments off of Highway 19 in Leesburg around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Sheriff Rachals says deputies ran about half a mile before they were able to catch up to the suspect.

At this time, the male has been arrested for attempted burglary. The investigation remains open as the sheriff's office says there may have been another residence or vehicle involved.

According to Rachals, the sheriff's office could not have responded so quickly without the help of the community.

"It not only helps us place this person under arrest quicker to keep him from doing any more burglaries or thefts or whatever. You know, it's great to have that help from the community, not only from the community but local people that have businesses and they were up in here and they assisted in different ways as well," said Rachals.

If you know anything about the attempted robbery, you are encouraged to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 229-759-6012.

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