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HIGH SPRINGS – A 20-year-old High Springs man remains in jail under $15,000 bond on suspicion of burglarizing an Ice Cube Express self-service ice machine.

Ashton Thomas Hess, was arrested by High Springs Police Department (HSPD) officers and was taken to the Alachua County Jail on Friday.

The machine, located at Poe Springs Road and High Springs Main St., 18232 N.W. 237th Street, has experienced several burglaries over the past few weeks. As a result, HSPD encouraged the business owner to install surveillance cameras at the location.

On Sept. 9 at approximately 2 a.m., the suspect struck the business and successfully stole approximately $30 from the ice machine. According to HSPD, the defendant was captured on video surveillance and was subsequently identified. Less than 10 hours after the burglary occurred, Hess was booked into the jail on charges of Burglary and Petit Theft.

At the time of this report, Hess remains unsentenced. HSPD is investigating two other burglaries at the same location on Sept. 3 and 5. The suspect was unarmed at the time of his arrest according to his jail intake documents.

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