Serial burglar arrested in Palm Harbor

Vicims were home sleeping and watching TV
Posted at 6:11 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 18:59:36-04

A Clearwater man has been arrested for three burglaries committed in March of this year.

Deputies say 56-year-old Anthony Williams used stealth to steal items while people were inside of their homes at the Southwind Mobile Home Park.

In two cases, he is accused of cutting a small slit in the screen doors of homes so he could reach through and unlock the doors.

"Boy, that scares the hell out of me. I mean, what if I had woken up?," one 67-year-old victim said. She wished to stay anonymous.

"I was in bed sound asleep and he came into my bedroom," she added.

She says Williams opened the screen door and set the door stop so the door wouldn't slam and he could get out quickly.

She left her glass slider open for fresh air. 

The victim says Williams walked into her room and grabbed three jewelry boxes that were only 2 to 3 feet from her bed.

He took those boxes to another room so he wouldn't wake her.

"And then rifled through them," she said.

That same night, deputes say Williams broke into her neighbors home by cutting the screen in the same manner.

Eight days earlier, he's accused of opening an unlocked backdoor of another home, walking in and taking a purse. A man and wife were both awake at the time. The wife was watching TV. The husband was in a backroom on the computer.