Deputies: Homeless man broke into fitness center to use pool, bathroom


Deputies believe Gary Ansell broke into an LA Fitness in Orange Park to use the pool and bathroom.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Deputies in Clay County arrested a homeless man who they believe broke into a fitness center to use the pool and bathroom.

The Sheriff's Office received an alarm call from LA Fitness on Wells Road last week.

The responding deputy noticed the side glass door of the business had been smashed.  He later found a man hiding in the men's restroom.

Gary Ansell, 29, is facing one count of burglary.

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The Sheriff's Office said he told investigators that he came to the area to beg for money and that another homeless person told him about the pool and bathroom at the fitness center.

Investigators said, becuase the alarm sounded so quickly, they didn't think he had time to swim or do anything else inside the fitness center.