Three Arrested in series of Crimes, Citrus County

Three men were arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), recently, in regard to numerous burglary cases.

Christian Darrel Wein(photo left), 38, Crystal River, is accused of perpetrating a series of crimes within Citrus County during June and July, and has been arrested in 12 cases by the CCSO between July 10 and 20. David Paul Curry, 46, Crystal River, was arrested in 3 theft cases on July 10, 12 and 13. Wayne Andrew Vatland, 33, Crystal River, was arrested in a theft case on July 14.

About 5:00 am, July 10, deputies arrived at Natalia’s restaurant, located at 771 NE 5th St., Crystal River, due to a ‘suspicious’ vehicle parked behind the business. Deputies spoke with two men – Wein and Curry – who told deputies they were just tightening the lug nuts on one of the tires. Inside the vehicle, however, deputies found burglary tools which included a crow bar, bolt cutters, a black mask, and gloves. Video surveillance of the business showed the burglary in progress. Mr. Wein was charged with one count of burglary of an unoccupied structure and driving while license suspended or revoked ($5,500 bond). Mr. Curry was charged with one count of burglary of an unoccupied structure ($5,000 bond).

On July 12, Wein was additionally charged with being a sex offender and failing to report a name or address change within 48 hours ($5,000 bond). The report stated that Wein moved to 2850 N. Crede Ave., Crystal River, on June 2 and reported the address change to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, but did not obtain a Florida driver’s license or identification card to reflect the new address.

On July 12, Wein was charged in another case with grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000), and burglary to an unoccupied structure. His bond was set at $7,000. Details of this case were not readily available.

On July 12, Wein was charged with grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000) and burglary to an unoccupied structure, with his bond set at $7,000. In this case, Wein is accused of taking food and beer from the River Ranch Restaurant, located at 631 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River. This crime was reported about 1:30 am – prior to the burglary to Natalia’s restaurant.

The report stated that David Paul Curry admitted to guilt in the River Ranch Restaurant burglary case, as well, and was arrested, July 12, on the same charges, also with $7,000 bond.

On July 12, Wein was again charged with grand theft ($10,000 or more, but less than $20,000) and burglary to an unoccupied structure ($7,000). In this case, Wein is accused of entering a chained link fence at Citrus Equipment Repair, located at 6659 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Crystal River, June 29, and taking 3 Gravely zero turn lawnmowers and two pressure washers. The total value of the stolen items is $18,000. Wayne Andrew Vatland, 33, Crystal River, was also arrested in the case on July 14, charged with grand theft ($10,000 or more, but less than $20,000), and burglary of an unoccupied structure, with his bond also set at $7,000.

On July 12, Wein was arrested in another case, charged with grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000) and burglary of an unoccupied residence, with his bond set at $7,000. In his case, Wein is accused of burglarizing a W. Nobis Cir., Homosassa residence and taking a motorcycle jack stand, a push mower, a leaf blower, an air compressor and a generator from an attached garage, and an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from the front yard.

 

On July 13, Mr. Curry was arrested in another case, charged with grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000), and burglary of an unoccupied structure ($7,000 bond).

 

On July 14, Wein was charged with trafficking or endeavoring to traffic in stolen property ($5,000 bond). The arrest report stated that a theft occurred at a N. Panda Bear Ter., Dunnellon residence on June 26 in which a utility trailer was stolen that contained an Ariens zero turn mower, a weed eater, a blower and other yard equipment. A witness brought the stolen mower in this case with him to the Crystal River (Citrus County Sheriff’s Office) substation on July 13 and told deputies he’d purchased the mower, along with another mower, from “Cracker” (a name Wein is known by) for $2,500, about 2 or 3 weeks previously.

On July 19, Wein was charged with trafficking or endeavoring to traffic in stolen property ($5,000 bond). In this case, deputies were contacted on July 17 regarding an ATV that a man saw (in the bed of a pickup truck at a Crystal River RaceTrac gas station) that belonged to a relative. The ATV had been stolen from the W. Nobis Cir., Homosassa residence on June 28 (one of Wein’s July 12 arrests). The witness took a photo of the truck which showed the license plate of the truck. The truck’s tag number was registered to a person at a N. Holiday Dr., Crystal River residence. The resident there told deputies that he’d purchased the ATV, and another ATV, for $300 from a man named “Chris” who used to live across the street from him and goes by the name “Cracker.” Deputies confirmed with the witness that the man is “Chris” Wein.

On July 19, Wein was charged with criminal mischief ($200 or more, but less than $1,000) and grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000). His bond was set at $3,000. This case occurred on June 27 at Kings Bay Self Storage, located at 7957 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. in Crystal River. The report stated that 2 ATVs were damaged due to an attempt to hotwire them (with damages of $300), and a bluetooth speaker set and a bicycle (with a combined value of $490) had been stolen. Video surveillance of the theft was obtained by deputies. Two witnesses provided deputies with information that led to Wein’s arrest.

On July 19, Wein was charged with 4 counts of dealing in stolen property and 4 counts of giving false verification of ownership($28,000 bond). He’s accused of scrapping golf cart batteries at Crystal River Metal Recycling (located at 4320 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto) on July 7, 8, and 14, and of scrapping golf cart batteries at Inter-County Recycling, Inc. (located at 1801 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto) on July 14.

On July 20, Wein was charged with grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000) and becoming armed during a burglary with an explosive or dangerous weapon. His bond was set at $27,000. The report stated that a burglary was committed at Auto Analyst & Repair, located at 7755 W. Homosassa Trail, Homosassa. During this burglary, entry was made by damaging the front door, and items stolen included power tools, hand tools, a guitar, and a 0.22-caliber rifle. The report stated that Wein had previously worked at the business, but had been discharged when money had gone missing.

On July 20, Wein was charged with grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000). His bond was set at $2,000. In this case, Wein is accused of stealing a 2002 Suzuki ATV, valued at $4,500, from a N. Jali Pt., Lecanto residence. Wein’s identity was revealed to deputies by a witness to the crime. However, Wein told deputies that he does not know the witness and did not commit the crime.

 

 

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