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Assistant manager of Boost Mobile charged as accessory to burglary

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Devont’a Levon Davis, 30, and Jordan Tyess McFadden, 29, were arrested yesterday in connection with a burglary at a Boost Mobile store on Main Street in Gainesville.

At about 2:00 a.m. Friday morning, a witness reported seeing a man enter the Boost Mobile store wearing a black hoodie, black ski mask, and what looked like black gloves on his hands. The witness said it was suspicious that the man wore a ski mask and gloves when it was not cold outside. The man used a key to enter the business by the front door.

Responding officers found multiple drawers open inside the business and multiple cell phones removed from their stands. Davis was detained shortly after the call from the witness, and post Miranda, he reportedly told officers that an employee of the business named “Jordan” left a key at his residence. He said he went to the store to look for a phone that he believed he had left there earlier in the evening while “hanging out” with “Jordan” and other employees. He did not provide full names or contact information for any of the employees at the time, but latter said the employee was “Jordan McFadden.”

Davis had a black ski mask and black socks (reportedly used as gloves) in his possession but no property from the business.

Later in the day, a witness told Gainesville Police Department investigators that employees of the store had seen Davis’ booking photo online and knew he was related to McFadden, who was an assistant manager at the store. Employees also recognized Davis as someone who frequently visits the store to visit McFadden.

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McFadden and another employee were supposed to open the store Friday morning, but managers said McFadden did not show up to work and did not call in; the other employee had his key and opened the store as scheduled. McFadden later arrived at the store, saying he was taking the day off because he was sick; employees reported that he didn’t look sick at all but seemed nervous and stressed. They said McFadden left abruptly before officers arrived at the store, looking for him. Store managers confirmed that Davis and McFadden are “very tight.”

McFadden was later located and arrested. He had $7,500 cash with him, plus a bag with cannabis seeds and “shake,” and he smelled strongly of marijuana.

Between surveillance video and a post-Miranda interview with Davis, officers believe that McFadden gave Davis his key and the alarm code. Davis then allegedly enter the store at 2:00 a.m., crouched down quickly to conceal himself from surveillance cameras, and ran directly behind the counter to the hidden location of the alarm keypad.

Davis then allegedly enter the correct alarm code, after which sounds can be heard on the surveillance video that indicate he was trying to tamper with the store’s safe. After Davis gave up on the safe, he was reportedly seen ducking down and running back to the front door on camera.

Davis has been charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and possession of burglary tools; he has been released on $2,000 bail. McFadden has been charged with accessory after the fact and possession of drugs; he is no longer in the jail.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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