VERO BEACH – A man who resembles Santa Claus was arrested after urinating inside the Indian River Mall near Victoria’s Secret in Vero Beach, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m., a security officer at the Indian River Mall told deputies that employees at Zales Jewelers notified them after watching a man urinate on the wall next to the Victoria’s Secret store, the affidavit said.
The Zales employee said she watched the man “place his hands by his crotch and then proceed to urine. After he was done, he then sat in one of the massaging chairs,” the deputy said.
A janitor for the Indian River Mall also witnessed the suspect urinating next to Victoria’s Secret. He also informed a security officer about the incident.
“He also stated that he was appalled that someone would do that right in the middle of the mall with multiple people walking around,” the janitor said, according to the report.
Deputies made contact with the suspect, identified as 68-year-old John Joseph Cornish, who was “babbling incoherently and making vulgar statements,” the arrest affidavit said. There was also a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Cornish’s breath when he spoke, reports show.
Cornish was charged with Disorderly Intoxication and transported to the Indian River County Jail.
On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Cornish to 60 days at the county jail.
Last year, a string of thefts at Victoria’s Secret in Vero Beach baffled police. The store was hit three times and thieves made off with hundreds of thongs and panties. No one has ever been arrested for the thefts.
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