|Lane Ravey and Natalie Kaiser|
(Scroll down for video) A thief who feared that police will seize his heroin, decided to swallow five balloons containing drugs as his truck burned down on the side of a road, police in Florida said.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office said that they have arrested 31-year-old Lane Ravey and 30-year-old Natalie Kaiser, after being accused of stealing $100,000 worth of items from a home.
Both suspects were charged with armed residential burglary and grand theft.
According to the police investigation, the suspects entered the victim’s home and stole almost $100,000 in cash, jewelry and coins on Sunday afternoon.
Police officers were called to SE 132nd Street Road on US Highway 441, in reference to the victim following the suspects who had just stolen items from his home.
The victim said that his brother witnessed both suspects enter his home and commit the burglary.
The victim further stated that the Ravey pointed a silver revolver at him while he was following their vehicle.
Deputy Luke Blackburn conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle, which was disabled in the middle of one of the westbound lanes, and was emitting smoke.
Deputy Blackburn observed Kaiser outside the vehicle, and saw Ravey start to bring a long rifle type gun out of the cab of the vehicle.
Deputy Blackburn and Deputy John Petit took Ravey into custody, and secured him and Kaiser on scene.
Deputy Blackburn and Deputy Petit then attempted to extinguish the fire in the suspect’s vehicle, but the vehicle became engulfed in flames.
Marion County Fire Rescue personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.
Deputies then began to check on the well-being of Ravey, who refused to identify himself.
While secured in the back of the patrol vehicle, Ravey kicked the window bars of the patrol vehicle and was placed in hobble restraints to prevent further damage to himself or the vehicle.
Deputies then found plastic bags with methamphetamine and several pills on him, as well remnants of a marijuana blunt.
At this time, Ravey advised deputies that he had swallowed five balloons of heroin prior to being taken into custody.
Ravey was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment, where he currently remains in the Intensive Care Unit.
Additionally, paramedics found a glass pipe, several of the victim’s stolen items and a plastic bag of heroin near his backside.
Kaiser, who originally gave deputies a false name, was arrested on outstanding Marion County warrants and on the armed residential burglary and grand theft charges stemming from this case.
Of the items that were taken from the victim’s home, only a motorized bicycle, two gold coins, one silver coin and two hats were recovered and returned to the victim.