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Alleged burglar of Lake Co. school arrested Friday

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Damian Monroe

EUSTIS, Fla. - A Lake County man accused of breaking into more than half a dozen Eustis businesses is in jail Friday night.

Officers arrested Damian Monroe after a short foot chase early Friday morning.

He's been linked to at least one school break-in as well.
Monroe told detectives he broke into Eustis Heights Elementary School and a Eustis pawn shop.

Beefed-up patrols in Eustis seemed to help catch him.

Windows at a half-dozen Eustis businesses are boarded up with plywood, including a dentist office, a medical facility and a Christian pre-school.

Police said 19-year-old Monroe did all the damage as he broke in.

Police were tipped off to the early morning rash of burglaries because the alarm went off at a dentist office.

As officers checked the area, they saw Monroe running off.

He was arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail.

John Row cleans the medical facility at night and was glad the alleged burglar was caught.

"I think it's safe. Like I say, I work here late in the evening and it seems safe to me," Row said.

Others in town began worrying after four schools were burglarized a few weeks ago.

A police spokesman said Monroe opened up when questioned Friday, which helped them link him to a break-in at Eustis Heights Elementary.

They're still trying to determine if he is connected to burglaries at Eustis elementary, middle and high schools.

Several iPads and some cash was taken, adding up to a few thousand dollars.

Damage repair could cost even more.

Monroe remains in the Lake County Jail on $60,000 bond.