Neighbors’ 911 call leads to man’s arrest, GPD says

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested on four counts related to breaking into cars Tuesday night thanks to alert witnesses who called police when they saw him get into two victims’ cars, according to a report.

William Patrick Carrick, 24, was inside a car under a carport in the 300 block of NW 2nd Street around 11 p.m. when two neighbors saw him and called police, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Police said the witnesses had seen him break into another vehicle in the same area.

Officers stopped Carrick and found in his possession various items that had been stolen, along with a Vera Bradley carry bag, a wool cap and a Leatherman tool, the report notes.

Carrick, who has been arrested several times before on burglary charges, denied breaking into the cars in the neighborhood. He said he was homeless and that his girlfriend had given him the items.

Carrick was arrested on four counts of burglary and petty theft. He was being held without bond at the Alachua County jail.

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