NEW PORT RICHEY — Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man they believe may be responsible for a string of home invasions in the Holiday Garden Estates area.
Undercover deputies arrested Kevin Hayward Rigby, 29, of 5836 Dahlia Ave., near his home early Friday. Rigby was walking down the street, authorities say, after just breaking into a house on Embay Avenue. He had a gun tucked into his waistband and was carrying a screwdriver, pliers, flashlights, gloves, a mask and a box cutter, according to his arrest report.
"He gave up, no resistance," said Lt. Tim Powers.
Investigators had been alerted to six or so break-ins — all with a similar approach — during the last week, Powers said. In one, a 78-year-old woman on Bantam Avenue was held at gunpoint early Wednesday morning by a man who stole her money and prescription pills.
Within a day, detectives alerted the STOP unit, a special team of patrol deputies who can mobilize quickly to address an urgent problem. The STOP team, Powers said, "swooped down in."
Rigby is facing charges of possession of burglary tools with intent to use, carrying a concealed firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was being held Friday in the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
State records show Rigby has prior charges of burglary, DUI and drug possession.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said the investigation is ongoing and more charges against Rigby are likely.
"We're actually trying to determine how many (crimes) this person is responsible for," Tobin said. "The case isn't over for us."
Powers said he doesn't think Rigby was working alone.
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