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Recently released trespasser jailed after returning to Publix

Zachery Ellis McColumn
Zachery Ellis McColumn

A Leesburg man was arrested for trespassing at Publix just days after serving 30 days in the Lake County Jail for trespassing at the same store.

Zachery Ellis McColumn, 62, whose address is listed as 1551 Mayflower Ave. SW, was charged with trespass after warning after being caught Thursday evening sitting outside the store, located at 10601 U.S. Hwy. 441.

A Leesburg police officer responded to a report of a man being on the property who had been trespassed in the past. The man was gone by the time the officer arrived, according to the report.

About an hour later, the officer returned to Publix after receiving a report the man was there. The officer found the man, who identified himself as McColumn, sitting at a table in front of the store, the report said.

McColumn told the officer he didn’t believe he had been trespassed from the property in the past. Police records show he was trespassed from the property on Aug. 6, and jail records show he was behind bars from Aug. 7 through Tuesday, according to the report.

McColumn is being held on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on Sept. 28.

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