Around the region for March 1, 2014

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.

Police Beat

GPD: Man stole power from nearby home

A man accused of stealing electricity from a vacant home near his was arrested by Gainesville police Friday night.

Adam Leon Henderson, 35, of 2008 NW 40th Terrace, told police he was having financial difficulties and that he and his wife have substance abuse problems.

Henderson was charged with burglary and theft of a utility.

The victim is in the process of selling her home and has not lived in it since December, but her electricity bill reached $318, an arrest report states.

Henderson and his wife reportedly went inside a shed on the victim’s property and accessed a power outlet. The report states an extension cord was connected from the outlet to his home to power a refrigerator.

Meanwhile, a witness who knew that Henderson was stealing power said he saw Henderson pulling the extension cord back into his house and confronted him on Feb. 21.

The victim and her daughter then spoke to Henderson and his wife, who said they would pay back the cost of electricity. They failed to do that and the victim called police.

Henderson told police he could not afford to pay his electric bill, the arrest report states.

Henderson’s arrest report lists his wife as a co-defendant. However, the Alachua County jail has no record of her arrest.

— Cindy Swirko

Worker alerts deputies to culprit in car burglaries

An alert employee who watched from a parking garage as a man was trying to open car doors in a lot below led to the arrest Friday of a man on car burglary and petty theft charges.

Arrested was Matthew Perkey, 32, of 578 NW 258th St. in Newberry, reported the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened at UF Health at Springhill, 4037 NW 86th Terrace, said ASO spokesman Art Forgey.

About 2:55 p.m. a woman called to report that she was on the fourth floor of the garage watching a man trying to open doors in the parking lot below, according to Forgey and an arrest report.

The woman stayed in contact with ASO until deputies spotted Perkey and detained him. She then identified Perkey as the culprit.

The arrest report states that Perkey admitted to taking a Garmin GPS and chargers from a car.

— Cindy Swirko

Driver seriously hurt in dump truck accident

A Fort White man was hospitalized with serious injuries Friday in Gilchrist County when he drove his dump truck off the road and lost control, causing the truck to roll onto its side, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Injured was Marshall West, 62, FHP reported in a press release.

West was driving a 2006 Sterling dump truck east on County Road 138 north of Northeast 7th Court about 9:50 a.m. when he drove off the right side of the road.

FHP reported that West overcorrected and traveled across both lanes. He attempted to steer onto the road but the truck rolled onto its left side.

West was flown by helicopter to UF Health Shands Hospital. Charges are pending.

— Cindy Swirko

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