Teenager charged in burglary

Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 12:11 a.m.
A 17-year-old Eastside High School student was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with the daytime burglaries of six northeast Gainesville homes, said Gainesville Police Department Cpl. Keith Kameg.
For nearly two weeks, Kameg said, the student vandalized homes in the Carol Estates and Highland Court Manor areas between Main Street and Waldo Road.
The suspect allegedly stole more than $7,000 worth of jewelry, video games, cash and credit cards.
Each of the incidents was logged between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., with the suspect gaining entry by breaking windows, kicking in doors and, in at least one case, crawling through a dog door.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, police tracked the student to the Lewis Place apartment complex on NE 15th Street. As of Saturday evening, he had only been charged with one count of burglary, Kameg said, but will be charged with the remaining counts in coming days. Kameg said the juvenile also implicated himself in other Alachua County burglaries.
The Gainesville Sun does not name crime suspects younger than 18 unless they have been accused of major crimes or pose a threat to public safety.
Greg Bruno can be reached at 374-5026 or brunob@gvillesun.com.

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