Bartender acknowledges guilty of setting fire to “buoy monument” in Florida because they did not leave a tip

Two subjects damaged this buoy, which is considered a monument and a meeting point in the place.

Photo: Key West Police Department / Courtesy

Florida police, trying to find Two men who set fire to a Christmas tree and damaged a beloved Key West landmark early New Year’s morning, he received help from an unlikely source: a local bartender who recognized the suspects because they did not leave a tip.

Around 3 a.m. on January 1, the two men set fire to a Christmas tree in front of Southernmost Buoy, a famous local landmark that marks the southernmost point in the United States and determines the 90-mile distance to Cuba, according to the Key West Police Department.

The flames severely damaged the large concrete buoy, considered a beautiful local landmark, so the police quickly posted a photo on social media to see if the community could help find the suspects.

“Police and firefighters arrived to find the charred embers of the Christmas tree. The fire left a marked scar on the buoy which is about three feet wide and seven feet tall,” the department said in a statement.

But what the two vandals did not know was that his act was captured by multiple cameras (there’s even a 24 hour webcam pointing at the buoy which can be viewed at any time online).

This is the video that shows the subjects who vandalized what is known as the “last point in Florida”, but which was not decisive in finding the men:

“The two suspects were caught on multiple cameras,” the department said. “The images, some of which quickly spread on social media, show a man dragging the tree to the spot. They hid when a car passed and then took several photos with their phones in front of the tree and the buoy, “they added.

“Then, while one man was checking the surroundings, the other lit the tree and the fire broke out. A man took one last photo of the burning tree before the two fell out of camera range.”

How did they get to the vandals

But the police would get a lead on their suspects with the help of a local bar, Irish Kevin’s , when a bartender recognized one of the men for not leaving a tip after ordering drinks that night.

“I knew right away that I had served him well and that he had used a card, so his name would be on the receiptsbartender Cameron Briody told the Miami Herald.

Daylin Starks, general manager of Irish Kevin, found security footage that reportedly showed the suspects at the bar.

“We could follow them all the time, in and out of the bar,” he said. “We got to see them being rejected by all the girls they were trying to flirt with.”

Police later identified the suspects as David B. Perkins, Jr., 21, of Leesburg, Florida, and Skylar Rae Jacobson, 21, of Henrietta, Texas.

The city began repairs to the famous buoy the same day as the fire, and damage is estimated to exceed $5,000.

Each of the men faces a felony charge of “criminal mischief” with more than $1,000 in damages.

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