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Deputies: Bloody burglar caught leaving house

Putnam County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ryan Stephenson
Putnam County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ryan Stephenson

INTERLACHEN, Fla. – A 26-year-old Interlachen man was arrested Sunday evening and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia after deputies spotted him leaving the scene of a home burglary, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Ryan Lee Stephenson was arrested after deputies responded to a burglar alarm at a residence on Shirley Avenue in Interlachen. Officers arriving at the scene spotted Stephenson walking away from the area with blood covering his hands, shirt and shorts.

After checking the alarmed residence, the officers found a door with broken glass and blood around the door where the burglar had cut himself. They also found a second door that had been pried partially open.

Upon checking Stephenson's shoes, the deputies found his distinctive shoe prints around the point of entry into the residence. They also talked to several neighbors who had spotted Stephenson around the burglarized residence.

Stephenson was placed under arrest. While being searched before putting him in the patrol car, Deputy Aaron Holland found a glass pipe that is commonly used for smoking crack cocaine in his pocket.

Because of his injuries, Stephenson was taken to Putnam County Medical Center and was medically cleared before being booked into jail. He is being held on $15,012 bond.