Apopka man arrested in connection with gun shop robberies in Melbourne, Clearwater

APOPKA, Fla. — An Apopka Man is facing charges in connection with a string of crimes, including breaking into a Melbourne gun shop and trying to burglarize another gun shop in Clearwater on Friday.


Jeremy Middleton, 24, is facing a long list of charges for his alleged involvement in a smash-and-grab at Sicario’s Gun Shop on North Wickham Road.

One gun was recovered from under the passenger seat of the car deputies said Middleton was driving. Over the weekend, Apopka police and ATF found the rest of the guns in his residence. In total, 14 guns were recovered, according to a news release.

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Once inside, the suspect caught on surveillance stole several firearms. A dark-colored Honda was spotted leaving the scene. A dark-colored Honda was spotted leaving the scene two days later.

Two days later, on the opposite side of the state, law enforcement responded to a burglary in progress at Arms for Defense, a gun shop in Clearwater. The suspect didn’t make it inside before Pinellas County deputies arrived.

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Apopka police and ATF searched Middleton’s home over the weekend and found the stolen weapon’s at his Apopka home.

Middleton remains in custody in Pinellas County.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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