Police: Man arrested after breaking into house to pay off drug dealer

Published: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Thursday after police said he broke into his boyfriend's house last week and stole money and a handgun to pay off a drug dealer.

The victim told the Gainesville Police Department that Darnell Haley, 24, of 1046 SE 41st Drive, knew he was going to be out of town on Nov. 2 and that his apartment would be vacant. The victim and Haley are "semi-boyfriends" but do not live with each other, according to the police report.

Police said Haley entered the victim's apartment through a forced bedroom window and took, among other things, $8,100 and a silver handgun.

During the investigation, Haley's shoe prints were found near the window, and it was discovered that Haley had traded the same black pair of shoes at work shortly after committing the burglary, the report said.

After he was arrested on Thursday, Haley told police he did enter the apartment for the money and gun. He also said he used the money and handgun to pay off a drug dealer who had accused him of stealing drugs from him.

Haley was charged with two felony counts of grand theft and one felony count of burglary, according to the police report. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of $70,000 bond.

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