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Authorities: Former manager hid in Cumming movie theater, climbed through ceiling and disabled camera in attempted burglary
Mark Keith Scott
Mark Keith Scott

Forsyth County authorities say that the former manager of a local movie theater was taken into custody on Tuesday morning after he was found hiding inside the theater after-hours, allegedly attempting to break into the business’s safe.

Responding to a business alarm call at 12:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene at Movies 400 on Atlanta Road in Cumming and were told by the business’s manager that two door alarms inside the building, including the business’s safe room, had been triggered, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater.

Rainwater said that inside the building deputies and the manager found a security camera that had been disconnected and ladder positioned under a missing ceiling tile on the wall opposite the business’s safe room. The manager stated that the ladder was not there when he left 45 minutes prior. 

The manager also told deputies that he had an idea of who could be a suspect, a former manager of the theater, Mark Keith Scott, 47, of Sugar Hill, who had been seen in the business earlier that day. 

“He said [Scott] would know the building well enough to move through the ceiling as this person had,” a sheriff’s office report from the incident states. “He also said after he saw Mark for the first time, he was not able to find him again.”

Due to the many hiding spots an empty theater provides, after an initial investigation of the scene deputies secured the entrances and exits while other deputies and a K9 unit were sent in to find a suspect.

Rainwater said that within minutes of deploying the K9 unit, Scott was located inside the theater and taken into custody.

After his capture, Scott was transported to North Fulton Hospital to be treated for a dog bite and has been charged with burglary.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he was being held in the Forsyth County Jail under a bond of $11,130.