Shopping cart leads to arrest in Volusia burglary of elderly woman's home
41-year-old, 15-year-old arrested in break-in; 14-year-old still sought, deputies say
A 41-year-old man and a 15-year-old have been arrested after Volusia County deputies say the duo was caught wheeling a shopping cart full of stolen goods down the street at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Police arrested David Williams, 41, and a 15-year-old accomplice who confessed to the break-in after they say they found stolen goods from a nearby house on their person. They are also searching for a 14-year-old who is suspected to have been involved.
Police found the suspects walking in and out of a wooded area after a resident reported seeing them near Hemingway Drive and Addison Street with the packed cart and overheard one of them say that he found some copper.
“I believe there’s a burglary occurring,” the caller told dispatchers. “They’ve got a shopping cart. It sounds like they keep going into this lady’s backyard.”
After searching the area, authorities found copper and welding equipment as well as jewelry, fishing poles, bed sheets, pillows, an air conditioning unit and a small motor, which they say was stolen from an 85-year-old woman's home nearby.
Although the woman was not at home during the robbery, police said her shed and car were also broken into.
Williams was charged with three counts of burglary along with one count each of grand theft, criminal mischief and illegal use of a shopping cart. The charges against the 15-year-old are not clear.