Man arrested in ATM theft at hotel

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St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Barry Thrower

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office have identified and charged a 43-year old man in connection with the theft of an ATM machine from a Ponte Vedra Beach Hilton Garden Inn hotel a week ago.

Barry Thrower was arrested Friday on outstanding warrants from Jacksonville Beach for two counts of grand theft. He is being held in the Duval County jail on bonds totaling $50,006. Detectives obtained a warrant for grand theft of the ATM and served Thrower that warrant, which carries an additional $25,000 bond.

The ATM was located in the hallway near the elevators on the first floor of the hotel. It was discovered missing the morning of Jan. 28.

Deputies said surveillance video showed the man walked into the front doors of the hotel at 3:27 p.m. the previous Sunday and walked toward the area of the elevators. The man was seen on a second camera walking in from the pool area with a dolly and then removing the ATM through the pool door, deputies said.

A Jacksonville police officer identified Thrower as a possible suspect based on the surveillance video. That information, along with the fact that Thrower used to live near the Hilton Garden Inn and has an extensive criminal
history, made him a prime suspect to locate and question, deputies said.

In addition, the woman seen holding the door open in the video resembled a woman who was linked to Thrower. That woman was located and questioned and cooperated with the investigation.

Thrower was located by the U.S. Marshal Task Force last Friday and arrested on the Duval County warrants.

Additional charges are pending further investigation, deputies said.

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