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Felony Apartment Decorating: Hotel Security Guard Steals $50,000 Worth
 of Hotel Furniture, Rugs, Television Sets, Electronics, Paintings
 and Tools for His Apartment

Florida Keys Keynoter, MarathonMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

May 12, 2010 --The new furnishings at Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada are so nice that a security guard there decided to decorate his apartment with much of them, says the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Tony Campo, 27, was charged Saturday with two counts of grand theft, with more charges expected to be filed. His ex-girlfriend turned him in.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin says the ex told authorities that Campo "had taken so many things from the resort that he'd practically decorated his apartment with them."

Indeed, when detectives went to his apartment at mile marker 88.9, they reportedly found more than $50,000 worth of stuff he allegedly stole from the resort, whose main building burned down on New Year's Eve 2008. It reopened this past December with all new merchandise.

Among the goods found, Herrin says: Furniture, rugs, television sets, electronics, paintings, clothing and tools. They also found two paddleboards stolen from Bay and Reef, a watersports company that operates at the resort. The boards were reported stolen in February.

Sheriff's Office Col. Rick Ramsay says Campo had expressed interest in becoming a deputy, even dropping off paperwork at the agency applying to be accepted into the next Law Enforcement Academy.


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