LAKELAND -- Police in Lakeland say the person responsible for a major burglary at a local company Oct. 28 left something behind -- a fingerprint.

Lakeland Police Chief Bert Rutland said warrants have been issued for Vincent Keith, 31, of Lakeland in connection with events that happened between 4 and 5:30 a.m. at Colonial Bag Co.

The chief said a forklift was used to remove a large snack machine and also to open a door in the docking bay area. The snack machine was dragged by a chain down the roadway and left in South Main Street.

Rutland said a Lake Park woman was unhurt but shaken early Sunday when her vehicle collided with the abandoned snack machine. Her car was badly damaged.

Police also found a microwave in the street.

Rutland said the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit participated in a joint investigation of the crime. "A fingerprint was identified by Sheriff Ashley Paulk's Automated Fingerprint Identification System," Rutland said.

The police chief said Keith will be charged with burglary and criminal damage to property. Another charge of reckless conduct pertains to the wreck that followed the burglary.

Rutland expressed special thanks to Lowndes Deputy Jim Jackson, who assisted in the investigation.



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