A man who goes by the name The Rooster rode a horse to break into a New Port Richey home, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Lonnie Maddox, 52, and Angel, a brown horse, were seen on security camera footage wandering around the property Thursday morning. Maddox opened a screened porch and tried to get in the padlocked front door, then gave up and entered through a back window, according to deputies. The window broke and caused about $100 worth of damage.
Angel, meanwhile, wandered away.
Around the same time, the property owner spotted Maddox on his security cameras and called the sheriff’s office.
When the deputies arrived, Maddox approached and asked if they had seen a horse. During the interrogation he was more concerned about Angel’s whereabouts than anything else, deputies wrote in a report.
A deputy found the horse about two miles away on Key Lime Drive and helped reunite her with her owner.
It was not clear if Maddox had permission to ride the horse, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said. The owner did not immediately return calls from the Tampa Bay Times.
Maddox initially told deputies the horse got lost and broke the fence, which is why he went in to get it, according to the arrest report. When deputies told him there was security footage, Maddox said he had wanted to see the inside of the house because he planned to rent it.
Maddox was arrested on charges of burglary of a dwelling.
Court records show he has a long criminal record and has been found guilty of car theft, drug possession and domestic battery, among other charges.
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. @PascoSheriff arrested Lonnie Maddox, 52, for burglary. He allegedly broke into vacant home in #MoonLake area. This is surveillance from property. Owner says Maddox blamed the horse for breaking in, but other video shows him trying to open front door. @BN9 @MyNews13 #bn9Pasco pic.twitter.com/Z4uWLfVjXZ
— Sarah Blazonis (@SarahBlazonis) July 26, 2019
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