Career criminal arrested on burglary, grand theft auto charges

Brady, 47, has an extensive arrest record that goes back more than three decades.

LAKE PLACID, Fla. (WFLA) – A 47-year-old career criminal is behind bars facing a variety of charges following his arrest Friday by deputies with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Gregory Scott Brady is being held without bond.

According to a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office report the suspect is responsible for a recent rash of burglaries and auto thefts in the area. Detectives identified Brady after witnesses reported seeing a white-colored Sports Utility Vehicle near several crime scenes.

At approximately 7:30 pm Friday deputies spotted the suspect vehicle on Anderson St. in Lake Placid. They followed Brady for a short time before pulling the SUV over on Taylor St. but the driver – later identified as Brady – fled into a nearby business when deputies approached.

A K-9 unit was brought in and located the suspect attempting to hide. Brady was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny, fraud, dealing in stolen property and illegal use of a credit card – multiple charges. The suspect, who is homeless, is also facing drug and violation of probation charges.

The SUV he was driving at the time of his arrest was recently reported stolen out of Palm Beach County.

“The residents of Lake Placid have been experiencing a very high level of burglaries and thefts over recent weeks. I am glad this suspect was developed and has been apprehended,” explained Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton. “Our deputies/detectives showed great perseverance and teamwork in order to get this subject in custody.”

Brady is no stranger to law enforcement. His arrest record goes back three decades and includes eight stints in the state prison system. Brady been convicted on a variety of charges out of Taylor, Polk, Hernando, Suwanee and Hillsborough counties.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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