Arrest made after employee at Florida Crack Fish & Bait Co. skimmed money from register, police say

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HORSESHOE BEACH, FL – On January 14, 2022, DCSO Sergeant Quinlan received a call reporting a burglary in Horseshoe Beach at Florida Cracker Fish & Bait Co. Upon arriving and speaking with the owners, Sgt. Quinlan learned that when one of the owners arrived to open for the day, the register was malfunctioning, which initiated a cause for concern.

After reviewing the previous night’s surveillance footage, it was determined that Kermit Weeks went to the Florida Cracker Fish & Bait Co. and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, without permission. Weeks was an active employee when this occurred.

Later that day, Sgt. Quinlan received information that Weeks was driving a vehicle from Cross City to Horseshoe Beach. Sgt. Quinlan had knowledge that Weeks did not have a valid driver’s license, and held an active warrant for his arrest, so he waited around the area of Horseshoe Beach to see if Weeks arrived.

Based on the information he received, Sgt. Quinlan was able to identify the vehicle driven by Weeks and initiated a traffic stop.

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During the stop Sgt. Quinlan determined the vehicle was not properly tagged and requested for it to be towed. A search of the vehicle yielded several rounds of ammunition, a .22 rifle, and a glass pipe containing a thick white and tar residue, that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Weeks was arrested and transported to the Dixie County Jail on the following charges:

Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by Convicted Felon (48 counts), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Burglary of a Structure (unarmed), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Petit Theft, and DWLSR.

Warrant arrest:
Burglary of Conveyance, Petit Theft.

Kermit Weeks has an extensive criminal history beginning in 1989, that includes more than 5 different burglary charges.