Family grateful serial burglar arrested

Posted at 9:44 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 00:17:30-04

It has been a long month for Frank Marshall and his family after their home was burglarized and their cars broken into in less than a month.

St. Petersburg Police arrested Donnell Weaver, 21, in connection to a string of burglaries in the area. Police tracked Weaver down using home surveillance video that showed Weaver getting out of a Blue Nissan Altima at Marshall’s home and other burglaries across St. Pete.

Investigators said Weaver has been arrested five times for residential burglary in the past 2 months. Each time, police said Weaver got arrested, bonded out, then committed more burglaries.

“I am glad, hopefully justice got served ,and they can finally be behind bars for a while,” Marshall said.  

Marshall has three children including a 3-year-old daughter.  He said ever since the home was targeted his family has been on edge.  

“It has affected them quite a bit. When we first moved into the neighborhood they used to like to go outside and play,” Marshall said.  They are scared to go back out.  You feel violated when something like that happens.”

Police said Weaver used a screw driver to pry open a sliding glass door. Then  ransacked the home stealing more than $3,000 worth of electronics.

At least one other suspect is still on the run. Weaver was arrested while police said he was breaking into another home.  Fingerprints taken from two other burglaries matched Weaver’s according to police.

“I feel safe, I do.  But, you feel violated,” Marshall said.  

Marshall is grateful no one was hurt. He said there dog was let out of the home during the burglary. Animal control picked him up and scanned his microchip and that is how Marshall found out his home had been burglarized.  

“I said he is an indoor dog,” Marshall said. “Then we started tracking our iPad and saw that it was moving down the street, we knew we had been burglarized.”