INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. - A burglary arrest in Indian Harbour Beach may help solve nearly a half-dozen crimes around the county, according to police.
Investigators believe the suspect was after cash and said that not even the county tax collector's office was off limits.
Cory Brown is facing burglary charges after a patrol sergeant spotted a hooded man running from the Indian Harbour Place shopping center Sunday.
"When the police came they were checking the doors to see if they were locked to see what other businesses he may have gotten into," said a Brevard County resident who was at his office in the shopping center when police arrived.
Police said something frightened the suspect. Brown was stopped when his pickup was seen driving away from the area at a high rate of speed.
Indian Harbour Beach police said Brown had a counterfeit Nevada driver's license, and that wasn't all officers found in his truck.
"(We) found the hoodie, and the bag full of burglary tools," said Commander Mark Rowley of the Indian Harbour Beach police.
Satellite Beach police said the bag of burglary tools linked Brown to some other cases; specifically, burglaries at the Beachcomber Exxon and a local Dunkin Donuts.
In each incident the burglar was looking for a safe or ATM to pry open. Brown is charged in both cases.
"He is a suspect in some other incidents, some other burglaries around the county," said Rowley
Brevard County tax collector Lisa Cullen on the phone said the attempted burglary of her branch office was a first for the county. She said had anyone made it inside the office they likely would have tripped the alarm.
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