Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Lutz woman accused of home burglaries

OLDSMAR — Some people use their lunch hour to run errands or catch up on work.

Authorities say Lisa Anne Williams, 38, found a more unusual way to spend her midday break from her telephone sales job: She burglarized houses.

Starting May 29, Williams began driving to the Woods subdivision in Oldsmar on her lunch break, according to Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies.

Williams, still in her business attire, would knock on the door of a house and break in the front or back door if there was no answer, said Sgt. Jim Bordner, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Once inside, she would take prescription drugs, jewelry and small electronics.

When she was done, she would return to work at Federal Suppliers at 477 Commerce Drive and finish her day, Bordner said.

Deputies caught a break Friday when Williams allegedly attempted to break into a house and was confronted by a napping resident. The homeowner was able to give police a description and a partial license plate number.

On Tuesday, deputies spotted a woman who fit the suspect's description as she approached a home in the subdivision. Williams was stopped by the deputies a short distance away, Bordner said.

A search of her gray 2002 PT Cruiser uncovered a large screwdriver and several prescription bottles. Deputies said Williams admitted her involvement in several county burglaries.

Pasco and Pinellas sheriff's deputies met at the woman's home at 1734 Tinsmith Circle in Lutz, where they recovered thousands of items of stolen property.

Bordner said deputies are still trying to catalog all the stolen goods. They found a suitcase filled with prescription bottles, cameras, laptops, jewelry, video game systems including a Nintendo Wii and a loaded .38-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun.

Williams was arrested on one count of loitering and prowling and three counts each of residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance. Additional charges are pending in both counties. Williams currently is in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $21,250 bond.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Detective Pete Eigo at (727) 582-6200, Pasco County Sheriff's Office Detective Steve Greiner at (800) 854-2862, or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

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