Unusual Kmart burglary attempt foiled in Pasco County

HUDSON, Fla. - Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies foiled an unusual burglary attempt on a Kmart store early Sunday morning.

According to officials, they believe someone stayed inside the store located at 12412 U.S. Highway 19 after it closed, and may have called another individual later to assist them.

Around 1:30 a.m. deputies responded to an alarm intrusion coming from the electronics department, but did not find anything and all of the doors were secure.

A few more alarms were tripped in a short time period, including the rear portion of the store where the loading area is.

When a store employee arrived to check out the situation, investigators say they saw someone on the property and called law enforcement.

Deputies came back out to the area and saw a male subject take off in a U-Haul from the back of the store.  They followed close behind the truck, when it flipped over on Beacon Woods Drive nearby.

Authorities say the suspect, 45-year-old Claude Jay Swick, managed to get out through the window and fled on foot, but a K-9 apprehended him shortly after 5 a.m.

At the scene, deputies were seen inspecting a large number of electronic items found in the vehicle.

Two people are suspected to be involved, but at this time one arrest has been made.

Deputies say they believe the second suspect hid in the store until after closing, and may have moved items to the back of the store overnight.  They then later called Swick to bring the U-Haul truck, which was loaded with more than $6,000 in stolen merchandise.

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