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Four Arrested For Breaking Into Fort

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

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ADT security staff contacted ranger AJ Legault around 2 a.m. on Sunday, December 16th, and notified him of an alarm activation inside the fort. Legault contacted St. Augustine PD and requested a backup. City officers arrived on scene first and found that the main entrance gate had been pried open. Four people were found hiding on the gun deck – two couple who had not known each other prior to that weekend. Both couples had traveled to St. Augustine by boat and were anchored in the harbor. Although they claimed that the fort was open when they arrived, photographs on a digital camera revealed that they’d taken pictures of themselves prying the gate open. All four were under the influence of alcohol and were taken to St. Johns County Jail and locked up on state charges. The United States Attorneys Office filed motions to seek charges under 18 USC 1361, willful injury and depredation against property of the United States. The four are being considered for a pretrial diversion program. None of them are from Florida.



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