May 8, 2012

Homeless man arrested on burglary charges


Key Largo – A homeless man was arrested in the early morning hours Monday, charged with burglary at two homes on Bahia Avenue in Key Largo.

The resident at a home on Bahia Avenue heard glass breaking and saw someone peering into his home with a flashlight at 4:15 a.m. He called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary in progress.

When Deputies Vaughn O’Keefe and Brian Cross arrived, they began checking the area. They heard a  noise at a home next door to the victim’s. When they went next door to see what made the noise, they saw a man on the property. They confronted him and he fled.

More officers arrived on the scene and began searching for him. Investigations revealed a broken window on the first house and a torn screen and open door on a storage area at the second house.

As the investigations continued, deputies spotted a man walking on a dock; he was soaking wet and claimed to have been lobstering. He was fully clothed; his wallet and a cell phone were in his pocket, soaking wet, along with two prescription bottles, also wet; he had no lobstering tools with him, but was carrying a flashlight. A shoe in the water near his location matched another shoe found near one of the crime scenes. Deputy Cross, who’d gotten a look at the suspect before he fled identified him as the same man.

33 year old Kenneth Sutton was arrested. He was charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. He was also charged with two counts   possessing controlled substances without a prescription. As he was being arrested and transported, he reportedly became loud and threatening to Deputy O’Keefe. He was warned that he could be charged with assaulting an officer for his threatening remarks. In reply to the warning, he said his remarks “weren’t a threat; they were a promise.”

He was further charged with resisting arrest and he was booked into jail.

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