Suspected Car Thief Living on Shoe Store Roof Planned Mini Golf, Hot Tub

Police found Travis Rose in a three-family tent, surrounded by patio furniture at the time of his arrest

By Patrick Hickey Jr.
|  Friday, Sep 28, 2012  |  Updated 10:06 AM CDT
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Police found Travis Rose in a three-family tent, surrounded by patio furniture at the time of his arrest.

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A 20-year-old suspected car thief was arrested while camping out on a shoe store roof in Central Florida on Thursday.

Authorities say he was caught before he could provide his hideout with lavish entertainment.

"We had planned on getting a putt-putt golf course and a hot tub," suspect Travis Rose told CFnews13.com. "We were going to get a gazebo and put an Xbox and a TV in there."

Rose was sentenced to six months in prison for trespassing and theft of services on Thursday after local police found him camping on the roof of the Shoe Carnival in Oscala.

Police found Rose in a three-family tent, surrounded by patio furniture at the time of his arrest. His tent could not be seen from the ground.

Authorities believe Rose and his friend, John Vaughn, 20, stole a box truck near their rooftop hideout last week. The truck was found in a nearby lake, with its contents missing.

While Rose and Vaughn were in seclusion on the roof, they stole electricity from the shoe store to power fans and their cell phones.

Rose pleaded guilty to charges on Thursday. He still faces jail time for the truck theft, which he also admitted he was a part of.

"I got six months over a tent on a roof," Rose told CFnews13.com. "I think it kind of sucks. I regret it. I wish I would have only gotten a warning, and I would have taken it all down, but they kind of hit me hard with it."

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