Florida High School Principal Arrested after Keying car in Publix Parking Lot

Florida High School Principal Nathaniel Fancher, 49, took the ride to the Osceola County Jail on Tuesday after he allegedly keyed a car in the parking lot of a local Publix supermarket.

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According to the arrest affidavit, on Jan. 26, police were called to the Publix Supermarket at 4401 13th Street in St. Cloud and spoke to the victim, who said their car had been keyed while they were inside the store.

Police then spoke to The Publix manager, who provided a surveillance video showing a male suspect, later identified as Fancher, who was keying the car. In the video, Fancher is seen getting into his vehicle in the parking lot of Publix when he keyed the entire length of the car parked next to him. The damage was estimated at almost $4,000.

Police said they could track security video back into the store and identify Fancher, the principal at St. Cloud High School, as the suspect.

Nathaniel Fancher

St. Cloud police then spoke with Fancher over the phone and said they needed to talk to him about what happened at Publix a few days prior, to which Fancher reportedly asked: “Is this about the car?” When they said yes, Fancher asked if he was under arrest.

Fancher told investigators that he was currently in New York and would be back in town on Jan. 31.

On Jan. 31, Fancher contacted the police and asked if there was a way to reach out to the victim and pay for the damage, and he asked if he could avoid being arrested or having his mugshot taken.

Police say the damage to the victim’s vehicle was around $3,700.

Fancher reportedly contacted the school resource officer at St. Cloud High School and admitted to keying the car, then asked, “how much trouble am I in?”

Police then met with Fancher, and after being interviewed, he was arrested and transported to the Osceola Jail, charged with Criminal Mischief over $1,000.

The Osceola school district sent out a message informing parents about this arrest and adding that until the police investigation is over, Fancher will be on administrative leave.

Fancher bonded out of jail and has been placed on administrative leave, according to a message sent to parents by the school district.

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“We firmly believe that one of our school’s many strengths is in the open communication lines that we have built with our Bulldog family. As such, I feel that it is important to let you know that the St. Cloud Police Department has arrested Principal Fancher for a criminal mischief incident that took place outside of school last week,” St. Cloud High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Wrona said. “Until the outcome of the law enforcement investigation and associated proceedings are complete, Mr. Fancher will be on administrative leave from the school. As this is a law enforcement matter, we are not able to discuss the incident in detail. Please be assured that our focus will remain on educating our students and minimizing any disruption in the learning process. Thank you for your continued support of our school.”

Fancher bonded out of jail Tuesday evening and is on administrative leave.

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