Seven Squatters Busted in Florida Short-Term Rental Apartment as Sheriff Jokes He May Have Arrested One of His … – The Messenger

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The owners of a short-term rental home in central Florida woke up to surprise on their surveillance camera when they saw their house was occupied by seven people who had not reserved the property.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd explained the story in a video posted to the office’s social media pages. The house that was broken into was in the Solterra Resort community in Davenport, Florida, Judd said.

“People come from all over the world to stay in these houses,” he said.

The owner of the home, who lives out of the country, checked their surveillance cameras to notice the house was occupied when it should have been empty, Judd said.

The owners called the sheriff’s office and deputies surrounded the home.

“We could see them scurrying and running around in the house they didn’t immediately come out,” Judd explained in the video. “One of them started to climb out the window on the side of the house.”

According to Judd, the one who tried to flee from the window quickly hopped back inside when he spotted the deputies outside. Eventually, the group started to exit the home.

“The people kept coming out of the house – seven of them,” Judd said.

Their ages ranged from 17 to 23, Judd said.

The sheriff only identified one of the suspects by name and noted he had family in Tennessee with the same surname.

“I don’t know if we’re related or not, but if so, I’ve locked up one of my cousins in the county jail,” he said

All seven of the occupants were arrested for burglary.

“Come on man, stay out of people’s property or visit with us at the jail,” Judd said.

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