52-year-old man in Florida, confronted with burglary, claims that his horse was broken into a house and that he was followed inside before being arrested
- Lonnie Maddox, 52, was arrested Thursday and is now confronted with burglary
- Maddox was caught on surveillance video that led a horse around a property
- He can also be seen in a screened porch with the horse, testing a padlock door
- Maddox allegedly told the homeowner that the horse broke into the house and that he followed it in to pick it up
- Maddox told the police that he came into the house to see what it looked like because he wanted to rent it
Lonnie Maddox, 52, from Spring Hill, Florida, was arrested Thursday after being caught on video allegedly trying to break into a house
A man from Florida is confronted with burglary after being caught with a burglary and accusing him of infringing his horse.
Lonnie Maddox, 52, from Spring Hill, Florida, was arrested Thursday after being caught on video allegedly trying to break into Steve Ferguson's home in Pasco County, Florida.
Told Ferguson Bay News 9 that when he confronted Maddox on his property, Maddox told him: & # 39; My horse broke into your house, sir, and I had to go in to get her. & # 39;
& # 39; I said: & # 39; Okay, so she broke through the gate and then the porch and then the house? & # 39; Said Ferguson.
Ferguson said he set up security cameras & a fence with a & # 39; forbidden access & # 39; sign after the investment property he had bought a year ago had been broken into.
He said he had called the Sheriff & # 39; s Office of Pasco County after his cell phone started receiving notifications with video from a man on his property.
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Maddox is shown here on surveillance video, which guides a horse as it walks around a property
Homeowner Steve Ferguson (photo) confronted Maddox on the grounds and said that Maddox told him that the horse had been broken into and that he was going in to pick her up
In the video, Maddox can be seen walking through the building as he leads the horse and then enters the screened porch – still with the horse – and then seems to be trying to enter the front door.
Ferguson said that after he called the police, he decided to go to the building himself. When he got there, he said he saw & # 39; the horse run into the street & # 39 ;.
Around the same time, the police said that Maddox had met on the street when he approached one of the delegates who responded to Ferguson's call to ask him if he had seen a horse.
According to the Maddox arrest report he allegedly told the delegate that his horse had entered the Ferguson site through a broken gate and that he had followed the horse to the site.
Surveillance video also showed Maddox with the horse in the screened porch, testing the front door with padlock. He finally entered the house by breaking a back window
Ferguson said he installed a fence and video cameras after the house was broken into earlier
The police later encountered the Angel horse, apparently caught by a passer-by, two miles away. The assistant sheriff fed the horse crackers before he was taken into custody
Maddox then told the assistant sheriff that he came into the house because he was curious about what it looked like as he wanted to rent the house.
Police said Maddox broke the back window of the house to gain access to the house after he was thwarted by the padlock door.
Although nothing was stolen from the house, Ferguson said the damage to the window will be around $ 100 in repair costs.
Maddox & # 39; s horse, named Angel, which he claimed to have borrowed, was found about two miles away and returned to his owners, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Body cam imagery released by the sheriff's office shows delegates arresting Maddox and later approaching the horse that appears to have been captured by a passerby. The officer then feeds the horse crackers and takes it into custody.
Maddox is now confronted with allegations of burglary in a home.
He is said to have a long criminal history with convictions for car theft, possession of drugs and domestic batteries.
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