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Homeless man gets 3 years for RV thefts

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Mark Wendell Davis, 51, was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for taking pesticides and bottled water from an RV.

Davis was caught in the act of taking the supplies at the Register Chevrolet lot at 14240 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville. According to a sheriff's office affidavit, Davis wore all black clothing and covered his face with a piece of gray cloth. He also carried a flashlight, a flathead screwdriver and a pair of gloves.

Davis told deputies he was homeless and living in the woods, and that he needed the pesticides and water to survive. The man was arrested on multiple counts of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.

Assistant State Attorney Matthew Pila said Davis was facing 30 years in prison for the five burglary charges and one possession of burglary tools charge.

Each are third-degree felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison or $5,000.

Court records show Davis has previously been found guilty of felony battery and contempt of court in Hernando County.

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