PORT ST. LUCIE — A 49-year-old man accused of burglary efforts Tuesday at two home improvement businesses in St. Lucie West was arrested after hopping in a lake and fighting with a Port St. Lucie police dog, according to police and records obtained Wednesday.
Mark Earl Cross, of the 2500 block of Southwest Bayshore Boulevard in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on two counts each of burglary occupied structure unarmed, possession of burglary tools with intent to use and criminal mischief. He also was arrested on single counts each of resist officer with violence, trespassing and grand theft.
According to Port St. Lucie police, about 10 a.m. Cross went to a Lowe's store in the 700 block of Southwest St. Lucie West Boulevard and cut a hole in the garden center fence.
Police say he then went to the nearby Home Depot and "hack sawed" a lock from a gate that secured the garden center. He went in Home Depot, but left quickly and returned to Lowe's. Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, police spokesman, said Cross had gotten "spooked."
At Lowe's, Cross picked out three drills and placed them next to the hole he'd cut in the fence. Cross went outside the garden center to get the drills, but staff at Lowe's got them before Cross.
Police spotted Cross on a bicycle on St. Lucie West Boulevard near the Kings Isle community. An officer told him to stop, but Cross pedaled away, entering Kings Isle and ditching the bicycle.
He hopped in a lake and ran behind a clubhouse and pool. Police say Cross didn't respond to orders to surrender and that he fought with a police K-9.
He was apprehended and taken to the St. Lucie County jail.
Home Depot officials recovered bolt cutters and a hack saw, while police found wire cutters while searching Cross.