Link between convicted felon and Friday home invasions investigated

SEBRING -- A home invasion call to the Highlands County Sheriffs Office Friday evening is still under investigation, with one possible suspect in custody.

Adam Wallace, 18, Sebring, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and fleeing from law enforcement.

He was seen by K-9 Deputy Luis Pratts riding a bicycle with a rifle over the handlebars, said Lt. Kenny Johnson of the HCSO.

The chase ended at 8:30 p.m., nearly two hours after the home invasion was reported.

"Three black males wearing all black attempted to make entry to 208 Montego (Dr.) when two victims were in the back porch area and fled on foot," Johnson said, reading from the incident report. "One of the suspects was witnessed as carrying a long rifle."

Minutes later a call from 216 Montego Dr. reported the same suspects, dressed in all black, demanding money.

Pratts took his K-9 on a track all they way to Kenilworth Boulevard and Industrial Way when he lost the scent. No suspects were seen although shoe impressions were taken for evidence.

After clearing the scene at Montego Drive, Pratts was heading west on EO Douglas Avenue and spotted the man on the bike, later identified as Wallace.

Wallace was wearing dark clothing and during the course of a chase officials recovered a rifle.

Due to the similarities in the reported suspects and Wallace, the Criminal Investigations Unit was called out to the scene and has taken over the case.

Anyone with additional information can contact Lt. Tim Lethbridge of the Highlands County Sheriffs Office at 402-7200 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

By TREY CHRISTY

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