Collier County suspect steals Sonic safe, cash from other business

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Sonic fast food restaurant in Collier County. Credit: WINK News.

Deputies in Collier County say surveillance cameras at businesses helped them investigate and catch a burglar suspect. And a witness saw suspects carrying out one of the crimes.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scot Frazier Hammond, 29, after deputies say he used his employer’s van to steal a money safe from a Sonic fast food restaurant before looting cash from the safe of another business.

“I guess you’ll do anything,” said Adam Stines, who works in security. “You know, there’s probably something behind it. But if he keeps on doing this, it’s working for him.”

According to CCSO, surveillance video from three separate businesses helped put Hammond behind bars. Investigators believe Hammond committed a number of similar burglaries countywide.

The report says surveillance cameras at the Sonic recorded Hammond breaking into the building and prying a safe from the ground. Surveillance at Raymond Building Supply shows him looting cash, and another recording shows him take an unauthorized company car from his workplace and returning to it with the Sonic safe.

“He must have some engineering experience or carpentry experience, you know?” Jason Venterino said. “He really thought this through. He might have been planning it for a while.

Hammond was found by deputies equipped with a pry bar, a screw driver and a hammer. In the report, it says Hammond was seen carrying the safe from the Sonic with another man. A witness who works at a nearby fireworks tent also confirmed with seeing two men carrying the safe from the Sonic.

“Maybe he’s overconfident,” Venterino said. “Maybe he’s just that brazen, or maybe he doesn’t care.”

We asked CCSO if it has any leads on that person, but CCSO said investigators don’t have access to that information currently. Investigators are looking into leads from other crimes Hammond is accused of committing.

“… I think any site with either cameras or access control, is gonna deter things like this,” Stines said.

Hammond faces charges for burglary in an unoccupied structure unarmed, grand theft ($750 to $5000) and possession of burglary tools.

Hammond is in custody at Collier County jail. His mugshot has not been released by the sheriff’s office yet.

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