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Tip Leads to Arrest in Trillium Vehicle Burglaries

Justin Lee Williams | Hernando Sheriff | Arrests

Hernando deputies say he admitted committing multiple vehicle burglaries.

BROOKSVILLE – A tip received through social media led to the arrest of a man suspected of committing multiple vehicle burglaries in the Trillium subdivision of Brooksville, according the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Lee Williams, 21, was charged with 10 counts of Vehicle Burglary and one count of Armed Vehicle Burglary, all felonies. Deputies said that, during questioning, Williams admitted to committing the vehicle burglaries. He indicated he would cut through the wooded area between Masaryktown and Trillium to commit the crimes.

Since late October, Hernando sheriff’s detectives with the Hernando said that, since late October, they have been investigating a series of vehicle burglaries in the Trillium subdivision in Brooksville.

On Oct. 30, a total of eight vehicle burglary reports were taken from residents of Trillium. While video surveillance in the area captured a possible suspect, he was never identified.

On Dec. 18, several residents living in Trillium once again reported vehicle burglaries. A total of three vehicle burglary reports were taken.

The suspect was once again caught on video committing the vehicle burglaries. Detectives noted that the suspect appeared similar to the one who committed the Oct. 30 vehicle burglaries.

Using video footage of the suspect from both days, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday (Dec. 21) posted images of the suspect on social media in hopes of identifying the person responsible for the multiple vehicle burglaries.

Within minutes of the social media post, someone called the sheriff’s office to identify Williams as the suspect.

Deputies went to a house in Masaryktown where Williams was known to have been staying for past three weeks. He was taken into custody after trying to flee on foot.

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