Brooklyn Water Bagel Employee Seen Breaking Gas Line

Vero Beach Brooklyn Water Bagels notify police after employee breaks gas line.
Vero Beach Brooklyn Water Bagels notify police after employee breaks gas line.

VERO BEACH – The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a criminal mischief at the Brooklyn Water Bagels in Vero Beach.

The general manager told deputies that there was a broken gas line on the kettle that caused $360.65 in damage at the Vero Beach Brooklyn Water Bagels.

While reviewing the video cameras, the manager was able to see an employee, identified as 40-year-old Andre Jackson, trying to break the gas line on the kettle by kicking it with his foot.

“Jackson was looking around in a nervous manner, checking to see if anyone was watching him,” the deputy said.

Once Jackson broke the gas line, he told the manager that he “smells gas,” according to the report.

The manager believes that Jackson reported it in “hopes of the manager trying to ignite the pilot light,” the report said.

“Upon the manager attempting to light the pilot light, he walked to the back door away from the area where the light was going to be lit,” the deputy said.

Jackson was seen on the video pacing around from the kettle to the back door as the manager was trying to fix the problem.

Deputies made contact with Jackson, who had another story to tell.

“I then made contact with Jackson … he stated the gas line was broken and he stayed with his manager to light the pilot light. He said he was kicking the wall next to the kettle because the wall was loose,” the deputy said.

When confronted about the video and him standing clear as his manager tried to light the pilot light, he said he was going out back to smoke a cigarette.

However, the video shows Jackson never went outside of the business.

Jackson is actively on probation for felony petit theft. Deputies contacted his probation officer in Vero Beach.

The statements made from the Brooklyn Water Bagels’ manager were consistent with the video surveillance.

Jackson was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail where he was charged with Criminal Mischief, Felony Violation Probation Felony Offense.

Bond was revoked by Judge.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.