[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 05/22/20]
EUSTIS, Florida — A naked man, who is former member of a local gym, was caught on video surveillance walking around the gym while it was closed due to COVID-19.
Dustin Page Dailey, 44, is facing a burglary charge and a petit theft charge after the manager of Planet Fitness, 2830 South Bay Street, Eustis found numerous footprints and handprints on a wall and a disturbed ceiling tile on Thursday; she also found an empty bottle of Muscle Milk and an open granola bar and called Eustis Police.
The manager and an officer viewed security footage and it showed a completely naked Dailey, whom both the manager and the officer recognized, exiting the employee office. “The male was very tan from his waistline up to include his neck, arms, stomach, chest and back. From below his waistline he was significantly lighter to include his buttocks area, front and back of the legs and lower legs down to his feet,” the arresting officer noted in the affidavit.
Dailey, who is listed as homeless, is seen going through items on the reception desk and walking around a corner to the lounge area. He was not picked up on any other cameras, the officer noted, and the only other way to the employee office was through the ceiling. The officer investigated and was able gain entry through the ceiling with a ladder and found an empty beer can and cup and the dust was disturbed with handprints and footprints, indicating someone has recently been in the ceiling, according to the affidavit.
Later Thursday afternoon, another officer familiar with Dailey spotted him near the intersection of David Walker Drive and Mt. Homer Road. Daily was questioned about the burglary and he denied it, but the pattern on his sandals matched the footprints at the burglary scene. Dailey was taken to the Lake County Jail where he was found with a bottle of sanitizer that matched the brand in Planet Fitness, indicating he stole that as well. Dailey is being held on $6,000 bond.
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