LAKE WALES — About 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, participants in the Mall Walker program were getting their exercise by walking around Eagle Ridge Mall before its stores opened for business.
Two men decided they would do their walking over to the Hershey Ice Cream Shop in the food court and help themselves, police said. What they didn’t realize was that while the shop wasn’t [yet] open for business, its security camera was, police said.
Police identified the pair as Angus Blaze, 38, and Taijh Flash, 19, both of 325 Ninth St. W., Frostproof. They each were charged Friday with two counts of burglary and two counts of petty theft and booked into the Polk County Jail.
Caught in full view of the security camera was Blaze entering the closed business and helping himself to an ice cream cone, according to police reports. Flash was seen on the video warning Blaze of another person approaching the food court, according to police.
The two left, but apparently one cone wasn’t enough. The two men returned, re-entering the view of the camera, police said. Blaze removed a gallon tub of chocolate ice cream along with several ice cream cones from behind the camera with Flash again acting as lookout, police said.
Police said the two men left on a Winter Haven Area Transit bus, the same bus on which they were arrested two days later after detectives said they had viewed the video and identified them.