published: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Deputies interrupt Sebring burglary
By PHIL ATTINGER
SEBRING -- Highlands County Sheriff's deputies and an alert homeowner foiled a burglary in progress Sunday night.
The call came into the Sheriff's Office at approximately 7:20 p.m. Sunday after a homeowner at 4210 Westminster Road in Sebring heard breaking glass -- twice -- and left the residence for his safety, reports said.
When deputies arrived at 7:28 p.m., the homeowner was standing in the driveway and told them a burglar was still in his house.
Deputy Dan Danley went to the rear of the home where he could see someone still inside.
Report and press releases conflict as to whether the man was ordered out of the house by Danley or tried to escape out the front door.
In either case, arrest reports stated Norris drew his weapon immediately upon seeing the man come out the front door, identified himself and ordered the man to the ground.
He complied, and Norris took him into custody, reports said.
Arrested was Travis Lloyd Pena, 22, of 300 Turkey Lane in Sebring. Upon searching him, deputies found costume jewelry and a pair of white socks, the report said.
Inside the house, laid out on a gray shirt in a bedroom, deputies found more costume jewelry and coins. Total value of the coins and jewelry was estimated at $152.
The bedroom's broken window and a broken window in the garage door equaled $250 in damage, reports said.
Reports state Pena denied any knowledge of the jewelry or broken windows, however Pena had small cuts on his right wrist and forearm and blood was found on the inside of the garage door, the outside of the broken bedroom window and on the gray shirt in the bedroom.
Pena is facing charges of possession of burglary tools, occupied burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.
He was booked into the Highlands County Jail on $17,500 bond.
Sheriff Susan Benton has complimented the homeowner on his quick thinking to call dispatch and also to not attempt to confront the intruder.
"Our deputies faced the danger and were able to take this thief into custody with anyone getting hurt. Thank you Deputies Danley and Norris for your courage to protect our community," Benton said.
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