Two Charged in Trillium Vehicle Burglaries
Additional arrests are likely, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.
HERNANDO COUNTY – Two men are facing charges in connection with numerous vehicle burglaries in the Trillium subdivision, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.
Anthony Michael Becker, 21 of Spring Hill, was charged with seven counts of vehicle burglary, two counts of dealing in stolen property and one count of defrauding a pawn broker. He is also accused of violating probation.
James “Jump” Andrew Williams Jr., 27, a transient in the Brooksville area, was charged with one count each of grand theft auto, possession of weapon/ammunition by convicted felon and dealing in stolen property. He is also charged with six counts of vehicle burglary and with one count of violating probation.
Between Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, deputies said numerous vehicle burglaries, including an armed vehicle burglary, happened in the Trillium subdivision.
Sheriff’s detectives said they researched recent pawn transactions, which revealed a pawn transaction made by Becker. During the pawn transaction, Becker pawned several tools that detectives determined had been stolen in one of the Trillium vehicle burglaries.Detectives were able to retrieve the original pawn slip containing Becker’s thumb print, videotape of the pawn transaction, and the tools that were pawned so they could be returned to the rightful owner.
Detectives said they found Becker, who admitted his part in the vehicle burglaries and to pawning the tools that the detectives had recovered from the pawn shop in Brooksville. Becker also led detectives to additional stolen property from the burglaries that was inside his home. That evidence, too, was recovered so it could be returned to the owner(s).
Becker positively identified other individuals who were involved in the Trillium burglaries as well as other crimes. Detectives said they followed up on those leads and, on Tuesday (Aug. 14), found Williams, one of the other suspects. They arrested Williams with the help of a police dog.
During the interview, deputies said Williams confessed to his involvement in the Trillium burglaries as well as his involvement in pawning the items at the pawn shop. Deputies said Williams also confessed to stealing a vehicle last month from a Brooksville residence.
The investigation continues. Deputies said additional arrests are likely.
Photo shows Anthony Michael Becker, left, and James “Jump” Andrew Williams Jr.
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