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Florida man breaks into home, cooks meal, tells owner, ‘go back to sleep’

The 19-year-old Marine was drunk at the time, deputies said.
Gavin Crim was arrested after deputies said he broke into a Safety Harbor home, cooked food and told the home's owner to go back to bed. [Facebook/Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published Sep. 9

A 19-year-old Florida man was arrested last Tuesday after breaking into a home and cooking himself a meal, deputies said.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Gavin Crim, an active-duty Marine living in Palm Harbor, entered James Appelt’s home on Huntington Boulevard in Safety Harbor through an unlocked back door around 4 a.m. According to Crim’s arrest report, he made his way to the kitchen, where he cooked and ate food belonging to Appelt. Deputies said Crim was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Appelt told deputies he confronted Crim, who told him to “go back to sleep” and kept eating. Appelt then told Crim he was going to call the police, and Crim fled. Deputies said they found Crim shortly afterward in a swampy, wooded area behind the house.

Crim was arrested on a felony charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling. He was booked into Pinellas County Jail and released the next day after posting $1,000 bail.

According to the department of defense, Crim has been a member of the Marine Corps since June 11, 2018.

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