DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office
On November 24th, 2023, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported burglary that occurred on Thanksgiving. The victim reported a misplaced A/C unit, and missing items including, a floor safe containing over $8,000, and a pistol. Potential suspects were identified as Lummie Snead and Margie Knutson, both interviewed by our Criminal Investigative Division.
As the investigation progressed, inconsistencies emerged in the story. Surveillance footage revealed both Snead and Knutson at the property. Arrest warrants were issued on December 6th, leading to Knutson’s prompt arrest. However, Snead evaded capture, initiating a pursuit involving our law enforcement deputies, members of our Investigative Bureau, and assistance from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Aviation and K9 Units.
Despite Snead’s escape, our team persisted. The next day, a tip unveiled Snead’s location resulting in a successful arrest by our Investigative Bureau. Snead faces serious charges, including Burglary while armed, Grand theft of a firearm, Grand theft between $5k and $10k and Resisting officers without violence. Knutson, previously arrested and released on bond, faces charges of Burglary while armed, Grand theft of a firearm and Grand theft between $5k and $10k.
At this time, no property has been recovered, including the stolen Bryco .380 pistol. If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at 863-993-4700 or submit an anonymous tip online or through SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
Sheriff Potter is incredibly grateful for the unwavering dedication shown by our hardworking deputies and Investigative Bureau, along with the invaluable support from our partners at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. It’s through commitment and collaboration that justice can be served to keep our communities safe.