The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office was part of a joint effort to arrest two suspects for auto theft on Friday, Sept. 21, according to a news release by the FCSO.
Flagler deputies received a call from Dustin Lyons, the fleet manager for Exclusive Global Logistics, reporting to FCSO that he was calling from Jacksonville waiting for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to respond to his location to report two of his car haulers stolen.
Lyons also informed FCSO that he was actively tracking the car haulers on his GPS and saw that they were driving southbound on I-95 heading toward Flagler County.
FCSO coordinated with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, who confirmed that they were working the case and would be making contact with Lyons in Jacksonville.
Flagler deputies spotted both vehicles on I-95 at the 292 mile-marker and began following them and asked for Volusia County’s helicopter, AirOne, for assistance. One of the car haulers took the Old Dixie exit and parked in the parking lot on 35 Caroline St. The driver fled on foot into the surrounding woods.
After an extensive search by Flagler and Volusia deputies, Luis Moya was found in the woods and surrendered only after a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K9 bit the suspect in his right bicep and held him until deputies were able to handcuff Moya.
Moya was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler, where he received treatment for his wounds. Once he was medically cleared, he was then booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.
While searching for Moya, Volusia deputies advised FCSO that they had conducted a felony stop on the other stolen vehicle on I-95 at the 245 southbound mile marker. They had the other driver, Orlando Barcelo, in custody.
“Criminals might begin a crime spree in another county, but when they enter Flagler crime stops here,” Sheriff Staly said in a release. “I want to thank the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office for all of their help in apprehending these thieves... . To the VCSO K9 who took a bite out of crime, I want to say Good Boy!”
FCSO returned the stolen hauler to Lyons who told deputies that the keys in the ignition did not belong to the vehicle and it is unknown how they worked.
Both suspects were charged with grand theft.