Camera helps police nab store theft suspect
Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:57 p.m.
Police said they were able to identify a burglary suspect Wednesday after a surveillance camera captured a clear image of the man’s face while he was breaking into a store with a rock and a crowbar.
James Michael Williams Jr, 26, of 1600 NE 12th Ave., was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department on charges of burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.
Lt. Mike Schibuola said the man was spotted on a video breaking into the Citgo at 3845 NE 15th St. In the video, the man could be seen trying to break the lock on the door with a rock, then using a crowbar to pry the door open, according to Schibuola. Damage to the door was estimated at $1,000.
About two hours later, Schibuola said he spotted the man riding a bicycle and began questioning him. The man, identified as Williams, told police he used the money he took from the Citgo to buy drugs and gamble.
Williams was booked into the Alachua County jail where he remained on Thursday.