Deltona, FL - A pest control contractor is charged with four counts of grand theft, felony narcotics possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is reporting that 45-year-old Kenneth Hall of "5 Star Pest Control" in Clermont was caught today on video doing what detectives suspected he'd already done at least twice, looking around for valuables to steal.
The previous victims had listed their homes for sale on Offerpad and each had a pest control company come to their property for a pest inspection. After the inspections, one victim noticed a diamond ring and wedding band went missing. The other discovered a significant amount of cash was gone.
Detectives determined that Hall was involved in both cases and worked with Offerpad to set up a covert operation at another Deltona residence. A security camera pointed into a closet recorded Hall searching through dresser drawers and luggage. Unfortunately for Hall, a jewelry and gift card stolen at the home had been put there by Volusia County Sheriff’s Office detectives. They found those on him and a bag of jewelry in his vehicle. The jewelry was traced to the last home Hall had completed an inspection on.
“The only pest in this case was Kenneth Hall,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “Thanks to the proactive work of these detectives, that’s one less cockroach stealing from hard-working people in Volusia County today.”
Hall is in the Volusia County Jail. His total bond is $30,000.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have hired Hall or his company for any inspection or pest control work to check for missing valuables and contact law enforcement if anything is missing. Please note: Hall’s company is 5 Star Pest Control LLC on Marsh Elder Street, Clermont – not a similarly named company out of DeBary or anywhere else.