Man hired to clean Irma-damaged homes charged with theft, burglary

Deputies: Kyle Best stole TVs from Ponte Vedra homes that he was hired to clean

By Erik Avanier - Reporter

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Kyle Best

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - There's a neighborhood crime alert in St. Johns County, where detectives on Tuesday arrested a Jacksonville man accused of burglarizing vacation rental homes after he was hired to clean them following Hurricane Irma.

Kyle Best, 28, is charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of theft. 

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, Best and another man, who's also facing multiple theft and burglary charges, took advantage when the county was still under a state of emergency because of the storm. 

Deputies said they stole multiple televisions from three vacation rental homes that they were hired to clean up. The owner of Vacation Quest told deputies that he hired Best and the other unidentified suspect to clean up a few damaged homes along Ponte Vedra Boulevard.

When detectives ran their names through a law enforcement database, they said it showed the men had pawned televisions that were reported stolen.

The other man involved in the case told detectives he needed the money to pay for his apartment. He also told investigators that Best stole from the homes.

But when detectives spoke to Best on the phone, he denied being involved, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

Best was eventually captured once a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Best was booked into the St. Johns County jail, where he's being held on $60,000 bond. 

On Wednesday, News4Jax reached out to the company that hired Best to find out how it screens workers, but has not yet received a response.

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