PALM HARBOR – A 13-year-old girl hid in a closet July 5 after a burglar broke into her house while she was home alone.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested William C. Wilson, 47, of Pinellas Park. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and charged with two-counts of burglary to an occupied dwelling and violation of community control supervision probation. No bond was set on the probation violation. Bond was $20,000 each for the burglary charges.
Wilson is a career criminal, deputies said. He was released from prison in November of 2012 after serving 20 years of a 30-year sentence for armed burglary. He was on conditional release and under community supervision.
According to the sheriff’s report, Wilson arrived at the home on Arcadia Drive in Palm Harbor on a scooter just after noon. He rang the doorbell, and when no one answered, he parked the scooter in a nearby plaza. He then pried open the kitchen window and started filling a duffel bag with coins, video games and jewelry.
When Angelina Scisco, 13, realized someone was breaking into the home, she hid in a bedroom closet and called her mom, who called 911. Deputies responded to the call about 12:24 p.m.
When deputies arrived, Wilson was still inside the residence. When he realized deputies had pulled up near the front of the house, he fled out the back door. A witness flagged down the deputy and showed him the direction Wilson had traveled.
The deputy chased Wilson on foot and saw him enter the lanai area of another occupied residence on Longleaf Lane. The deputy watched Wilson try to enter the home through the sliding glass door. The deputy “challenged the suspect” and pointed an electronic control device at him until backup deputies arrived and secured the suspect. Wilson was arrested at 12:34 p.m.