GPD apprehends school burglaries suspect

Local authorities have arrested a suspect in the case of three recent Alachua County school burglaries.

Kenneth Woodridge, 53, of Gainesville allegedly broke into Gainesville High School on July 7, changing outfits during the theft, before burglarizing Westwood Middle School on July 11 and A. Quinn Jones Center on July 13.

The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) asked for the public to help identify the alleged burglar from video taken during the thefts.

On Friday, Woodridge was apprehended after someone called in identifying him, according to GPD spokesperson Graham Glover.

“He was located in the Bella Vista area (110 NW 39th Avenue) on Friday around noon,” Glover reported.

Woodridge was booked into Alachua County Jail on two counts of violating parole, three counts of felony burglary with two counts of first degree petty theft of more than $100 but less than $5,000 worth of items and one count of first degree grand larceny of more than $750 but less than $5,000 in items.

Charges of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure were also filed in all three cases, according to the Alachua Sheriff’s Office inmate reports.

“Thank you to everyone who called in with tips and information,” The Gainesville Police Department said in a comment posted to Facebook.

This story was updated to include comments from GPD spokesperson.

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