Regular customer charged with burglarizing gas station

John Beaufort

John Beaufort

John Beaufort

John Beaufort

A 39-year-old man, who is a regular customer at a Marco Island gas station, was arrested Monday afternoon after police say he broke into the gas station and stole $650 in petty cash.

John Beaufort, 465 Bald Eagle Drive, No. 13, Marco Island, was charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure, grand theft and criminal mischief. Beaufort, who reports say is already on felony probation for burglary and grand theft, was also charged with violating his probation.

Around 2 p.m. on Monday, Jehan Khan, the owner of Marco Beach Chevron, 1095 N. Collier Blvd., received a call from his alarm company saying the store’s alarm had activated, according to an arrest report. Khan went to the store and found the front door unlocked, but nothing apparently missing or in disarray inside.

When he went back to the store later in the day, he found $175 in rolled quarters, $225 in rolled dimes, and $250 in various bills missing.

Surveillance video showed a man wearing knee-length dark shorts, a blue T-shirt, black sneakers, a green ball cap and a hood over his face walking around the office with a flashlight, reports said. Khan and another employee identified the man as Beaufort, a regular customer.

Police responded to Beaufort’s home, searched his home and found clothes, including a black face hood, in plain view that matched the clothing worn by the burglar on the surveillance video. He could not offer a logical explanation how the same clothing worn by the suspect in the video was found in his home.

Police also found beer in Beaufort’s refrigerator, which is against his probation stipulations.

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