Thursday, June 21, 2018
Public safety

Case of strange burglar ends with Zephyrhills man's arrest

ZEPHYRHILLS — Someone was in their bedroom.

About 4 a.m. Thursday, a man and woman living on Hillcrest Drive were awakened by a teenager flicking a lighter in their room. He said his name was Junior and that he was their friend.

The man, confused, walked him outside and said goodbye. The woman was groggy from prescription drugs, authorities said.

The stranger left and the couple went back to sleep. They only reported the bizarre incident after waking up later and noticing their window was broken. "The guy acted like he knew us," the woman told a deputy, explaining why they didn't immediately call for help.

Authorities said the strange burglar was Timothy Raymond Vuichard, an 18-year-old who, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, is supposed to be "confined" to community control until his 19th birthday for burglaries committed when he was 17. He is also accused of breaking into cars Thursday morning and was located by a deputy at a Zephyrhills convenience store.

When asked about the home burglary Vuichard "said he wanted to wake his "buddy'' up, but when asked the name of his ''buddy,'' he said he didn't know it," a report states.

Vuichard, of 6312 20th St. in Zephyrhills, is charged with residential burglary of an occupied dwelling, auto burglary, loitering and possession of marijuana. As of Friday, he was being held at the Pasco jail on $15,000 bail.

Man sexually abused girl, authorities say

PORT RICHEY — A 21-year-old man is accused of sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl. Dustin Charles Sidel told investigators the girl "lied to him about her age and stated she was 16 years old," a report states.

The alleged abuse happened in June in Port Richey, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. Sidel was arrested Thursday and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim younger than 12. Sidel, of 6431 Drexel Drive in Port Richey, is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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