DADE CITY — Last December, a woman came home from Christmas shopping to find two broken windows and a man wearing gloves inside her house on 10th Street.
He blurted out "it wasn't me" and used a racial epithet to explain that he had chased a black man out of her house, she testified in court this week.
But a jury on Thursday decided the man in the house wearing the gloves, 34-year-old Bruce Aron Labine, was the real intruder. The panel deliberated just 20 minutes before convicting Labine of burglary to a dwelling and petty theft.
He will be sentenced Monday and faces five to 15 years in prison.
Labine, who has no listed address, has more burglary and grand theft charges pending.
Authorities say Labine also broke into two homes on Church Avenue, stealing mostly rings and smaller items.
The Dade City Police Department said more than $1,000 in jewelry was stolen between the three homes. Officers said much of the jewelry was recovered from a pawn shop.