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November 16, 2015 (Lakeside) – On Sunday morning, employees at the Lakeside River Park Conservancy found their office had been broken into. A laptop computer had been stolen, the alarm dismantled, and food from the fridge scattered across tables.

A security camera revealed an image of the intruder eating and tampering with the alarm system The Sheriff’s department sent Deputy Darryl Patmon out to the scene to investigate.

The next morning, at 7:30 a.m, employees again arrived at work and discovered the same man seen in the video standing in the kitchen, drinking tea after sleeping in the office and apparently breaking some items, the River Park’s Facebook page indicates. 

When asked what he was doing there, the man said he’d come in through the window, then offered to clean up.  Instead, he got picked up -- by law enforcement.

Deputy Patmon, along with Deputy Jose Gonzalez, responded to a call from an employee and arrested the brazen bandit suspect, 27-year-old Joshua Parnell. 

The Lakeside River Park  Conservancy has posted a message on its website asking help to recoup its loss.

“Even dumb criminals…can cause significant damage, as did this one,” the message states. “As a small non-profit, this is a significant loss to us, even with insurance coverage.”

To help replace the stolen and damaged items, the group has set up a set up a Break-in Restoration Fund on its website at


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