Burglar Picks the Wrong House, HCSO Attorney Walks in on Napping Suspect
SPRING HILL – it’s not uncommon for transients to target vacant homes when searching to put a roof over their head but it doesn’t make it any less illegal.
A Pasco County man found that out the hard way when he broke into a residence owned by the attorney for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
According to reports, HCSO Attorney Joel Fritton made a startling discovery Friday morning, when he walked into one of his vacant homes, and discovered a man sleeping near the front door.
Deputies responded to the residence and placed 38-year-old Thomas Glass into custody without incident.Fritton says Glass gained access to the home by cutting the screen on the back patio and then entered through a sliding glass door. Once inside, Glass lowered the air condition down to a more comfortable 72 degrees, turned on a ceiling fan, and placed his candy bar in the refrigerator, before lying down to take a nap.
During a search of Glass’ multiple suitcases, deputies located four glass pipes that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Fritten tells RNRF, “The deputies did a great job. They were there almost immediately, in force, and were extremely professional.”
Fritton warns owners of vacant real estate to keep a close eye on their properties for any unusual activity.
Glass is charged with burglary, possession of paraphernalia, and criminal mischief. He remains behind bars on a $4,500 bond.
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