Man Roams Neighborhoods With Chainsaw At Night

Palm Bay man seen going through backyards at night with a chainsaw.
Palm Bay man seen going through backyards at night with a chainsaw. (Photo: Brevard County Jail)

PALM BAY, Florida – You never know what to expect at night in Brevard County, until you observe a Palm Bay man running with a chainsaw through several backyards.

The Palm Bay Police Department received a call about a suspicious person seen near the 200 block of Cambridge Avenue pacing the neighborhood.

The caller said he confronted the man, who said he lost his tools near the complainant’s home. Officers responded but were unable to locate the subject.

About 3 hours later, at approximately 9:00 p.m., another caller reported the same man running through his backyard at the 200 block of Harvey Avenue in Palm Bay.

The complainant said the suspect told him he was trying to steal his tree. The caller said the suspect was carrying a chainsaw.

Police located the suspect, identified as Gary Donald Carr of Palm Bay, on Biddle Street with a chainsaw.

Carr told officers that he worked for himself doing tree trimming and claimed that the chainsaw was his and was able to prove ownership.

Despite being on Biddle Street, Carr thought he was in the area of Lexington Street, according to the report.

“The defendant claimed that he would typically walk through neighborhoods and sometimes cut through backyards of residences because it was safer than walking on the sidewalk of a main road, such as Babcock Street,” the officer said.

Carr knew approximately what time it was, but he was unable to provide a story that made any sense. He claimed that he would trim trees at night, but later recanted and said he was not allowed to trim trees at night.

“The defendant claimed that he was not under the influence of any narcotics that had side effects such as the behavior he was exhibiting in not knowing where he was or losing track of time,” police said.

Carr did admit to going into the complainant’s yard in Palm Bay, as well as being the suspect of the first incident early in the evening, but he told police that he never stole anything from the yard, house, or the shed.

“There is no logical reason why the defendant would be walking through the yards of residences while carrying a chainsaw at night,” the report said.

Carr was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was charged with Loitering or Powling.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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