Suspected serial burglar arrested outside strip mall, screwdriver in hand

Arrested May 31, 2017 on multiple burglary charges in Okaloosa County


MARY ESTHER, Fl (WKRG) — A man suspected of a recent burglary string in Okaloosa County was arrested early Wednesday after a deputy spotted a car pull up to a strip mall on Page Bacon Road.

The deputy says 38-year-old Larry Wayne Hoss, Jr. of Miramar Beach was inside the car, holding a screwdriver. The deputy didn’t find any evidence Hoss had burglarized any businesses at the strip mall overnight, but instead arrested Hoss in connection to other recent burglaries.

Hoss has been charged for allegedly breaking into Friendship Veterinary Clinic on Beal Parkway on May 22, Simply Vapor on Mary Esther Boulevard on May 24 and Valero Gas on Eglin Parkway on May 25.

Video surveillance from Friendship Veterinary Clinic helped the deputy positively identify Hoss. In the video, you see a man believed to be Hoss climb through a small window, open the cash register and steal $300. A man similar in appearance also showed up in surveillance at the two other businesses.

“I mean, it was just time-consuming,” said Jimmy Woodley, District Manager of Simply Vapor, of his reaction to the burglary.  “So it was more frustrating and annoying… He caused more damage than what he made off with.”

Surveillance from Simply Vapor on May 24 shows a man believed to be Larry Wayne Hoss, Jr.
Surveillance video from Valero Gas Station on May 25 shows a man believed to be Larry Wayne Hoss, Jr.


Furthermore, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office also believes Hoss is behind May 29’s burglary of High-Tech Cleaners on Eglin Parkway.

“It really didn’t matter too much whether they caught him, obviously we wanted the guy caught but with the string of burglaries he’d been on, I knew his days were numbered,” Woodley said.  “I have the utmost faith and respect in our sheriff’s department.”

The deputy also found Hoss in possession of a crack pipe with cocaine residue at the time of his arrest.

“It felt really good to have that guy off the street,” Woodley said.  “Not just for our own concern of what if he comes back thinking he can get more money from us, but also the other local businesses.  “It’s not like he was targeting Walmart or anything.  He was targeting the bread and butter of this community.”


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