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Police arrest Lakewood High School burglar

ST. PETERSBURG — The notorious soda machine bandit turned himself in Thursday afternoon after a family member contacted detectives and convinced the 46-year-old to come forward.

Bobby Wilson, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on three counts of burglary after police say he broke into the school three different times and using a pry bar to steal change out of vending machines.

Footage taken from school security cameras documented Wilson's exploits and was instrumental in his arrest.

A family member, who asked not to be identified, saw the surveillance footage and recognized Wilson as the perpetrator. That same family member then contacted police and urged Wilson to turn himself in.

Wilson, who admitted his involvement in all three burglaries to detectives, told police he committed the crimes in an attempt to feed his crack cocaine addiction.

The pattern in this case is hardly novel for Wilson, who was released from prison in October after serving three years on numerous burglary and drug possession charges.

Wilson remains in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Police arrest Lakewood High School burglar 06/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 24, 2011 11:50am]
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