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[Original Publish Date: 11/13/19]
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PAISLEY, Florida – A Lake City man already in jail on trespassing and disturbing a school function charges, is facing three more charges for stealing from his elderly father and stepmother.
John Janosh, 50, of Lake City burglarized his father and stepmother’s home on Lake Lulu Drive, while they were out of town for a funeral, according to an arrest affidavit. The elder Janosh and his wife left on Oct. 30 and on Nov. 6 received a call from John Janosh, stating he was dropped off at his father’s house by his biological mother. The elder Janosh advised his son was only allowed in the unlocked, screen porch area, and a neighbor would provide food if needed, the affidavit states. The elder Janosh, the victim in this case, told a deputy he cut his trip short in fear that his son may try to enter the house and steal to feed his drug habit, as he had for many years, according to the affidavit, and he is not allowed in the home alone.
One Nov. 5, John Janosh called his father from the Lake County Jail and requested he bail him out and he told his father he had been in the house. When they returned home the next day, they found a ladder underneath the bathroom window, with the screen cut. Janosh’s stepmother checked her bedroom and found multiple pieces of jewelry missing, including a wedding set valued at more than $5,000 and several other rings. She told the deputy she believed other things were missing, but was unable to provide a description, the deputy noted.
The elder Janosh spoke with a neighbor who told him John Janosh had tried to sell her several pieces of jewelry and coins. She described four pieces belonging to Janosh, but he did not claim the other pieces of jewelry and coins.
A deputy checked John Janosh’s property at the jail and found he had four rings in his possession at the time of his arrest – three of which belonged to his father and stepmother.
John Janosh is now facing charges of burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, theft from a person 65 years or older and dealing in stolen property. He is being held at the Lake County Jail on $23,000 bond.
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