GPD: Resident confronts burglar in her apartment
Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.
A man who police allege walked into an apartment early Friday morning but left when confronted by a resident was arrested on a burglary charge.
Gainesville Police Department Lt. Jorge Campos said Vecas Waugh Jr., 26, of 718 NE 7th Place, Trenton, later confessed to burglarizing several cars.
Waugh was charged with one count of burglary. He is accused of walking into an apartment in the 1700 block of Northwest Second Avenue at about 2:15 a.m. after no one answered his knock on the door.
Campos said one roommate was sleeping while the other was working on her computer. She heard a noise and saw him in the apartment. The woman told police Waugh said he was looking for a party and then left.
The woman called police. Waugh was spotted by a car near the apartment. He fled, but police caught him, according to an arrest report.
Waugh admitted to the apartment burglary and told police he and three others burglarized at least 14 cars that had been left unlocked, the report states.
Police found cellphones, cellphone chargers and change on Waugh, Campos added.
"You have people who not only burglarize cars that are unlocked, but also apartments," Campos said. "People need to be more diligent in locking their doors."
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