A homeless man used a brick and piece of lumber to smash his way into a Shalimar business overnight, causing more than five-hundred dollars in damage for items worth $32.89.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the BP gas station at 1247 Eglin Parkway around one a.m. this morning and found the front door glass shattered.
During a search, a deputy spotted 53-year old Michael Tabor walking nearby openly carrying a fifteen pack of Natural Ice beer still cold and covered in condensation.
Tabor agreed to speak to the deputy, who also noted a large bulge in Tabor’s right sock near his ankle.
Four packs of cigarettes in their original packaging were in Tabor’s sock, along with a freshly opened pack inside his shirt pocket. More cigarettes were found in his back pants pocket.
Tabor admitted waiting near the gas station until the clerk left to break in and steal the items he wanted.
After seeing the surveillance video, the clerk said she recognized Tabor as a regular customer.