Cops: Suspect Dumped Vile Slurry In Pool
Man angered over mobile home park eviction
JUNE 27--Angered over his recent eviction from a mobile home park, a Florida man carrying a five gallon bucket allegedly snuck back into the property and contaminated the community swimming pool with a vile slurry that “had the appearance of liquid feces/diarrhea,” cops allege.
According to investigators, Thomas Lee Mason, 54, targeted the Embassy Mobile Home Park late Thursday night. Witnesses told cops that they saw Mason, bucket in hand, entering the Clearwater park, though he had “no legitimate business” there.
Mason, police charge, was spotted “entering the pool area with the bucket and then leaving the area with the same bucket.” Investigators have charged Mason with “pouring an unknown dark colored substance that had the appearance of liquid feces/diarrhea” into the pool.
As alleged in a criminal complaint, Mason “is angry over his eviction from the park” and is a suspect in “several criminal mischief events in the last week there.”
Cops estimated that it would cost $300 in chemicals and cleaning supplies to “disinfect the pool by health code standards for the community to use again.” The pool is seen below in an earlier pristine state.
Charged with criminal mischief, Mason is being held in the county jail in lieu of $150 bond. Mason’s lengthy rap sheet includes prior arrests for drunk driving; domestic battery; disorderly intoxication; trespass; robbery; aggravated assault; battery on a law enforcement officer; and violating probation. (1 page)