Miami man takes nap in Key Largo home, swims away from deputies

Michael Brandt arrested on burglary, grand theft, other charges

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
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Michael Brandt says he broke into a Key Largo home and took a nap in the air conditioning.

KEY LARGO, Fla. - A Miami man was arrested Tuesday night after he admitted to breaking into a house in a Key Largo resort neighborhood and taking a nap in the air conditioning, deputies said.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the Ocean Reef Club neighborhood just before 6 p.m. after a security officer reported a suspicion man on a bicycle pedaling away from him after he asked the man who he was and what he was doing there.

The man, later identified as Michael Brandt, 22, was spotted a short time later near the Ocean Reef Club gate, but he refused to stop when ordered to do so, dropped his bike and jumped into the water, swimming away, deputies said.

While investigating a burglary at a home on Exuma Road, deputies learned there was a day laborer who disappeared from his job site at the resort. Deputies said Brandt fit the description of the missing worker.

A deputy soon saw Brandt near where he had jumped into the water and told the man that he wanted to speak to him. Brandt ran and jumped back into the water, swimming away again, deputies said.

As deputies were searching for Brandt, a state wildlife officer found him standing in the roadway and took him into custody.

Deputies said Brandt admitted to entering a house and taking a nap in the cool AC. Deputies said Brandt also admitted to taking money that was in the house.

Brandt faces multiple charges of burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

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