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Suspect arrested in Tom Varn burglaries

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Brooksville police have arrested a man believed to be responsible for two burglaries at Tom Varn Park in July.

On July 23, Brooksville Police Chief George Turner said a burglar cut the phone and electric lines to a building at 306 Darby Lane, and entered the stadium, press box and yard, taking a John Deere Gator utility vehicle and candy bars.

The Gator was found later in the week near California and Aiding Streets with a damaged ignition.

A break-in was reported the following night at the Quarry Golf Course, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., with two Yamaha golf carts and battery chargers reported stolen.

Richard Allen Canterbury III was arrested last week on four counts of burglary of a structure, attempted burglary of a structure, grand theft of a motor vehicle and grand theft.

Canterbury's fingerprints were identified, and he admitted to both burglaries during an interview with police.

Police are still looking for the golf carts, and anyone with information is asked to call the Brooksville Police Department at (352) 540-3800.

Court records show Canterbury was adjudicated guilty of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief earlier in the year. He was sentenced to five years probation.

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