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Epic dine and dash




Not every day does a champion emerge to match the exploits of the infamous Florida Man from viral social media posts, but a man from Pinellas County — a Marine to boot — volunteered as tribute.

Police reported a 19-year-old man was arrested after breaking into a home and set out in hurriedly exercising his perceived right to satisfying hunger pangs at any cost — cooking himself a breakfast meal.

The felon was identified as Gavin Crim, an active-duty Marine living in Palm Harbor.

According to reports, home owner James Appelt was startled at 4 a.m. when he heard noises coming from the kitchen in his home at Huntington Boulevard in Safety Harbor and checked where these were coming from.

Appelt said that he was expecting to see some small animals that raided his kitchen since he remembered that he left the kitchen door unlock but to his utter amazement, he found more than just a cat burglar.

The homeowner recounted that he saw Crim going through his kitchenware in an apparent Gordon Ramsey-like mode and cooking some breakfast and as he confronted Crim, the Marine just stared at him seemingly unsurprised.

The considerate Marine, understanding the importance of eight hours of rest, told the owner to just “go back to sleep,” but the homeowner did not comply with the inebriated REM-sleep enthusiast.

Appelt responded instead by threatening to call the police, prompting Crim to make a break for a life of freedom and a partially empty belly — the all classic, but epic — dine and dash.
When authorities searched the area, they discovered the hungry Crim — whose name happens to be 50 percent “criminal” — unsuccessfully hiding in a wooded, swampy area adjacent to the property.

Police said that the suspect may have been under the influence of alcohol following his epic quest for a hot breakfast meal.

He was subsequently arrested and booked by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on felony charges of burglary in an occupied dwelling and was booked into Pinellas County Jail and released the next day after posting $1,000 bail.

According to the US Department of Defense, Crim has been a member of the Marine Corps since 11 June 2018.

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