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Deltona Nail-Salon Burglar Tracked To Orlando, Arrested Along With Murder Suspect

Date Added: December 05, 2023 11:32 am

Andrew Gant
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations


Using a combination of video evidence, license plate reader technology, fingerprints and DNA analysis, Volusia sheriff’s detectives identified the suspect believed to be responsible for multiple break-ins at Central Florida nail salons – and found him in Orange County along with a fugitive wanted for murder.

The burglary at Spa Nail salon at 2783 Elkcam Blvd. in Deltona was reported around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, when an employee of a neighboring business noticed the salon’s glass front door was shattered.

The salon’s surveillance camera showed the break-in happened around 1 a.m., with a masked suspect walking through the shattered door and straight to the cash register. After several failed attempts to smash open the register, the suspect took it with him and left.

Another camera outside captured the suspect’s vehicle, which turned out to be identical to the one used about an hour later in a similar break-in at Premiere Nails in Edgewater.

Analysts at the Volusia County Crime Center used license plate readers in the areas of each salon to identify the car, a white Infiniti sedan with Florida tag 82D DGL. The vehicle was registered to 21-year-old Xavier Jones Jr. of Orlando. When detectives reached out to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to make contact with Jones at his address, Orange County deputies found the car parked there, and seized it as evidence.

Detectives brought the car back to Volusia County and executed a search warrant, finding a mask in the back seat that matched the one seen in the surveillance video. They also found a glove, an abundance of loose coins, a nail salon loyalty card, pieces of a cash register, and broken glass. Black boots were found in the back seat with shards of broken glass stuck in the soles.

In an interview, Jones denied any involvement in any burglaries and claimed he’d rented out his vehicle to someone else.

However, detectives collected DNA from the mask and used Rapid DNA technology to compare it to a sample from Jones, resulting in a complete match.

Jones was taken into custody Monday in Orange County, charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and violation of probation. He is being held in the Orange County Jail.

While detectives were on scene at his house Monday, another person found at his house was identified as Taverance T. Jackson Jr. of Opa-locka, who had an active Georgia warrant for murder. Jackson was wanted in a Nov. 30 shooting at an Albany, Ga., apartment complex that left two men dead and another wounded.

In the room at Jones’ house where Jackson was staying, detectives found two firearms believed to be used in the shooting. Jackson was also taken into custody by Orange County deputies and transported to the Orange County Jail.

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