A bartender helped police ID the men who burned Key West’s iconic Southernmost Point buoy

The anchored 20-ton concrete buoy in Key West sustained “intensive harm” after a Christmas tree was positioned close to it and lit on hearth, in accordance to Key West police. The hearth left a black mark blazed throughout the brightly coloured paint job that reads “Southernmost Point Continental U.S.A.”
“The Southernmost Point is considered one of the most iconic spots in the Florida Keys,” stated Key West Mayor Teri Johnston in a information launch final week. “Individuals come from round the world with a purpose to be photographed in entrance of this statue.”

Photos and movies from close by surveillance cameras captured two men dragging the tree to the buoy and lighting it on hearth. At instances, the men ducked behind the buoy as automobiles drove by, in accordance with the police report. The 2 even took images with their telephones subsequent to the buoy as the tree burned, in accordance with the report. All of it occurred somewhat after 3 a.m., after which the men ran off.

Information unfold rapidly in the tight-knit island group as pictures of the crime have been shared on social media.

Cameron Briody, a bartender at Irish Kevin’s Bar, advised his boss he acknowledged the suspects from the evening earlier than, when he served them three rounds of drinks, in accordance with the police report. Briody’s supervisor, Daylin Starks, positioned the suspects on the bar’s surveillance video and confirmed police, in accordance with the report.

The suspects have been carrying the similar garments as seen in the video from the buoy.

Starks pulled up bar receipts for considered one of the men, and police have been ready to make use of that info to establish a 22-year-old man from Florida and a 21-year-old man from Texas as the two men needed for damaging the landmark.

“After an extended evening shift on considered one of the busiest nights of the yr, when Cameron awoke to the information he instantly referred to as work and alerted administration that he was sure he had waited on these guys,” reads a Facebook post by Irish Kevin’s. “After combing by means of footage we have been capable of present Key West PD with photos of the men together with their names.”

Repairs to the buoy, which was put in in 1983, value greater than $5,000, in accordance with the police report. Police have been capable of make contact with each men, who acknowledged what they did and stated they’d made an enormous mistake, in accordance with the report. The 2 suspects face felony costs of felony mischief with damages over $1,000.

“We’re extraordinarily happy with Cameron, The Key West Police Division, and anybody else who took half in naming these suspects,” reads the post by Irish Kevin’s. “We’re additionally glad that these chargeable for vandalizing a metropolis landmark so close to and pricey to so many should take duty for his or her actions.”
Key West Public Works began repairing the landmark the similar day and completed the restoration Thursday. For serving to establish the suspects, Briody was rewarded with a case of rum offered by Key West First Authorized Rum Distillery.

CNN’s Sharif Paget, Amy Simonson and Tina Burnside contributed to this report.