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Homeless man sleeping in hammock arrested at historic home in Leesburg

A homeless man sleeping in a hammock was arrested at a home in Leesburg which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

A  mowing crew found 36-year-old Robert Allen at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Mote-Morris House, one of the oldest existing homes in the city having been built in 1892.

The Mote-Morris House in Leesburg.

Robert Wesley Allen
Robert Wesley Allen

The city workers called the Leesburg Police Department. Allen had been banned from the historic property in 2020.

A criminal history check revealed Allen is on probation through 2022 after being convicted of charges of grand theft and drug possession. He was booked without bond at the Lake County Jail due to the fact he is on probation.

He was arrested earlier this year at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in The Villages. Allen was arrested in 2018 in the theft of a man’s wallet at a gym in Lady Lake.

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