An observant Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy working Fantasy Fest Saturday afternoon in Key West identified a suspect in a rash of auto burglaries the previous week, and now that man is behind bars.
Kenneth Hathaway, 23, from Centreville, Va., is charged with five felony counts of unarmed burglary and two misdemeanor petty-theft counts. Other charges are likely to be filed. He remained jailed Tuesday in lieu of $49,500 bond.
Twenty-one auto break-ins were reported last Wednesday Thursday in the Lower Keys neighborhood of Key Haven and on Lower Sugarloaf Key, the Sheriff's Office.
Agency spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Deputy David Lariz had seen surveillance video of the suspect and his vehicle, an Infinity; the video was circulated to police countywide.
Lariz was at Greene and Simonton streets Saturday when he spotted a car matching the suspect vehicle, and the driver was similar in appearance and build to the suspect in the video. He stopped the car and asked the driver, who turned out to be Hathaway, for identification. A computer check showed he's wanted in his home state on burglary and theft counts.
Herrin said Detectives David Brummer and Diane Mimosa responded and Hathaway was confronted with the video showing him and his car at several burglary scenes. She said he admitted to the break-ins and was looking mainly for cash, but other stuff -- a purse, credit cards, a radar detector and sunglasses -- was also stolen.
Herrin said he said was got caught breaking into one auto on Sugarloaf, got scared and tossed everything he's accused of stealing into mangroves.
In all of the cases, the vehicles were unlocked.