Homeless man accused of stealing $5K, painkillers during burglary


LEESBURG, Fla. – A homeless man is accused of breaking into a woman's home earlier this month and stealing an envelope with $5,000 cash and 35 prescription painkillers worth $10 per pill, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

The victim told deputies she was at her home on Dec. 9 around 9 a.m. when she heard the doorbell ring. She thought it was a FedEx delivery so she didn't get up to check until after the doorbell rang several more times.

When the woman got out of bed, she didn't see a delivery truck out front, but she did see a maroon, two-door car parked on the side of her house. She texted a picture of the car to her boyfriend to see if he recognized it and then heard noise coming from her office.

She walked into the room to find 30-year-old Travis White rummaging through her belongings, according to an arrest affidavit. The woman grabbed her gun and pointed it at White. The two then fought and White grabbed an envelope of cash with about $5,000 inside that the victim had been using to pay handymen for repairs she was making to her house, deputies said.

As White was making his way out the house through the living room he dropped the envelope and when the victim tried to get it away from him he pushed her and knocked her down, according to officials.

The victim said 35 Percocet painkillers, worth $10 a pill, were also stolen.

A woman in the neighborhood told deputies that White nearly crashed into her vehicle as he was fleeing the scene in his car.

A deputy spotted White on Wednesday and arrested him. White admitted to selecting the house randomly and stealing cash and pills, the affidavit said.

White is charged with burglary with battery and grand theft.

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