May 9, 2016

Key Largo man charged with business burglary

A Key Largo man was arrested Saturday, charged with attempting to pry a change machine off the wall in the laundry room at Largo RV Park Friday night.

28 year old Scott Prior rode a bike to the RV Park from a nearby wooded area where he was staying. He was caught on surveillance video using some type of pry bar to pry the change machine in the laundry room off of the wall. During the process, he caused extensive damage to both the machine and the concrete wall.

When he was unsuccessful at removing or opening the machine, he rode the bike away from the scene.

Deputy Ben Elmore and Sgt. Jason Madnick responded to a report by an employee who found the damage Saturday morning. They knew about a homeless camp in the nearby wooded area and went there to see if they could identify any possible suspects. They found it unoccupied, but found a bike that looked exactly like the one ridden by the suspect in the video.

They returned later and found a man at the camp who said Prior had borrowed the bike Friday night at about the same time the burglary took place. A booking photo of Prior from a previous arrest, along with photos of his tattoos, matched the man depicted in the surveillance video committing the crime at the RV Park.

Detective Bob Dosh was assigned to investigate the case and located Prior on Saturday. Prior admitted to attempting to pry the change machine off the wall. He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and burglary and he was booked into jail.

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