Man Hides In Septic Tank After Burglarizing Grandmother’s Trailer, Setting Fires

December 7, 2018

Deputies arrested a man found hiding in a septic tank after he allegedly set multiple fires inside his grandmother’s vacant mobile home near Gonzalez.

Jacob Blake Aeppli, 24, was charged with second degree felony arson, felony first degree burglary and petit theft.

Aeppli allegedly broke into the trailer on Packwood Drive, just off East Kingsfield Road and started several fires that damaged the floors and ceilings. He as also accused of stealing a hand truck from the property.

An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 found Aeppli, nearby hiding in a septic tank wearing camouflage waders with a survival knife on his hip. The hand truck was close by, with his backpack attached to it.

The fire was extinguished by neighbors using a garden hose. The trailer sustained minor damage.

Aeppli remained in the Escambia County Jail Friday with bond set at $28,500.


22 Responses to “Man Hides In Septic Tank After Burglarizing Grandmother’s Trailer, Setting Fires”

  1. David Huie Green on December 8th, 2018 4:41 pm

    You are the reason this thing needs a LIKE button.

  2. Baby Girl on December 8th, 2018 1:34 pm

    ALEX,I agree………

  3. ALEX on December 8th, 2018 9:48 am

    Send him to the military. It will teach him respect and maybe straighten him out!??????

    as a retired navy veteran I can tell you we do not need the left over crap. we had/have a job to do and it is not babysit rejects. we need good decent people to defend and represent our country. one person like him will cause a lot of trouble and suck up resources that can be used to train 10 good people. I have seen it first hand.

  4. Reality on December 7th, 2018 11:41 pm

    Our youth is a product of the generation that said ” when I have kids, I will give them everything my parents could not give me”! They had everything they cried for except a butt whoopin! They were not taught respect! The parents respected them instead! The kids were left mostly to their own discretion because the parents worked their fingers to the bone to provide their xboxes and what ever else they desired! Very little interaction with anything other than a screen in their face. The youth today know very little about interacting personally. Face to Face!
    Decision making is unbearable! Entitlement is first hand!

    My generation is the cause of these children going awry!

    In my day you got ya butt whooped for being disrespectful early on! I got a but whoopin almost everyday because I was defiant but I never broke the law.
    Drugs were rampant when I was in High School but I never indulged! I knew better.
    This kids actions are all about choice and zero respect!
    He needs to learn the hard way! Prison is not the answer !
    He will learn how to do worse in prison.
    Send him to the military. It will teach him respect and maybe straighten him out!

  5. Moe de Lone on December 7th, 2018 11:21 pm

    @ lort… .A lot of people want to blame Floridians for stupid stuff. Most of the people in Florida came from other states. They are not Floridians…they just showed up here trying to tell us what we are doing wrong, and really doing a bad time expressing their values.

  6. lort. on December 7th, 2018 11:03 pm

    It’s always Florida man. lol

  7. Michelle D. on December 7th, 2018 10:50 pm

    John “don’t talk about something, you don’t know the whole story. Thanks”

    It looks like we are told what the story is… But, since you know, why don’t you tell us the story? It sounds to me as if he burned his Grandmother mobile home. Sad when you resort to hurting your family. My prayers are with the family.

  8. John on December 7th, 2018 8:26 pm

    Please don’t talk about something, you don’t know the whole story. Thanks,

  9. erica on December 7th, 2018 5:07 pm

    According to jail records he has been arrested ten times and is only 24! I see this more and more with people just getting a slap on the wrist and then they are right back out and don’t learn a lesson instead they learn how easy the justice system is and they keep committing more crimes!

  10. obodabo on December 7th, 2018 4:49 pm

    Crappy place to hide , LOL

  11. M in Bratt on December 7th, 2018 2:26 pm

    This is just a 10 year older model of the kid in Jay, only nobody stopped him when he was 14

  12. Lol on December 7th, 2018 10:52 am

    How does one get inside a septic tank?

  13. Just saying 2 on December 7th, 2018 10:25 am

    You have to get sentenced to Shawshank before crawling/escaping through the sewer!

  14. anne 1of2 on December 7th, 2018 9:41 am

    If he took the hand truck and had a backpack and the mobile home was vacant, it sounds like grandma has had it with him and would not let him live there. So Yea for grandma.

  15. tg on December 7th, 2018 9:16 am

    In that picture he can still smell it.

  16. sam on December 7th, 2018 8:01 am

    lol, how original. the smell must have been hard to deal with.

  17. john on December 7th, 2018 7:18 am

    Not only was his mind in the septic tank his body was also!!! Maybe they can find him some work in prison cleaning and handling human waste!

  18. Anne on December 7th, 2018 6:46 am

    So Very Sad that there are so many reports of younger persons attacking their elders, family members and neighbors with the intent to do extreme harm.
    It will be interesting to hear more on this story as to what was happening to cause this sort of behavior.
    Praying heavily for his family as believe that we know some of them and wishing them a good recovery in property and in their own lives.
    Hope this young man can tell us what brought this on. He looks so terribly Angry.
    God Bless us ALL.

  19. Stinky on December 7th, 2018 6:34 am

    Something stinks about this story!

  20. mel on December 7th, 2018 5:14 am

    he was where he needed to be .

  21. Grand Locust on December 7th, 2018 4:39 am

    Florida man has an escape plan, and even brought his waders and a knife. When asked why he was hiding in the septic tank he responded the “grass is always greener over the septic tank” and fire ants need to be burned out of granny’s trailer. The police were suspicious but were impressed with his logic and planning, and gave him a petition to run for office in century. His credentials were impeccable.

  22. j on December 7th, 2018 3:24 am

    I’d say someone who burglarizes his grandmother’s property probably deserves to wind up in a septic tank.

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