Suspected thief caught camping out on store rooftop tells all
(PHOTO/Ocala Police Dept.) Tent and patio furniture set up on the roof of a Shoe Carnival store in Ocala by Travis Rose - Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.
OCALA -- A Marion County man found camping on the roof of a shoe store has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Ocala police said they found 20-year-old Travis Rose sleeping in a tent surrounded by patio furniture.
Police said the setup on the roof of the Shoe Carnival on the 2800 block of Southwest 24th Avenue, could not be seen from the ground.
"As soon as I peeked over the edge, there was a large, three-family red tent," said Ocala police Detective James Deas.
As for Rose, he said, "We had more ideas coming. We just got caught too soon."
Police said they believe Rose and his friend, 20-year-old John Vaughn, stole a box truck last week from a parking lot near their rooftop hideout.
The truck was found submerged in a pond north of the city -- after the patio furniture inside was emptied.
"We had planned on getting a putt-putt golf course and a hot tub," claimed Rose. "We were going to get a gazebo and put an Xbox and a TV in there."
Now sitting in the Marion County Jail, Rose explained he and his friends weren't homeless; they just enjoyed living on the rooftop, away from their parents.
Rose was charged with trespassing and theft of services. Police said the campers were stealing electricity to power fans and charge cell phones. Rose pleaded guilty at his first appearance.
"I got six months over a tent on a roof," he said. "I think it kind of sucks. I regret it. I wish I would have only gotten a warning, and I would have taken it all down, but they kind of hit me hard with it."
The merchandise stolen from the box truck was recovered and returned to the store Tuesday.
Rose still faces more jail time for the theft of the truck, which was left running in a parking lot. He admitted to being part of a group associated with that crime, but he did not actually admit guilt.
Once he gets out of jail, Rose said he hopes to go to college and sell insurance.
Records from the Marion County Jail show that Rose was previously arrested in 2010, when he was 18, on charges including petit larceny and burglary of an unoccupied building.
He was also arrested twice for violating probation, once in March 2011, and more recently in February 2012.
hahaha putt putt golf? WTF big pimpin........fuckin unbelievable they gave him 6 months.....that's fucked
@doobie d..... 'member ol' KFC/taco bell roof spot.....that shit was hilarious