NEW PORT RICHEY — A bold thief who broke into occupied homes while his victims slept was caught Friday, authorities said. John Clifton King, a 34-year-old felon who has served three stints in prison for burglary, auto theft and writing worthless checks, is accused of breaking into at least seven homes in Port Richey and New Port Richey since Oct. 30.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released images of the suspect to the media last week. Tips from the public led investigators to King, said Kevin Doll, Sheriff's Office spokesman.
King targeted homes that were occupied and broke in through garage doors, authorities said. He usually hit homes between 4 and 7 a.m. and he stole wallets, cell phones and cars if he could find the car keys, according to the Sheriff's Office. King woke one woman who was sleeping on her futon in her living room and another woman thought it was her husband rummaging around their house, after King sauntered in at 7 a.m., reports state.
King faces several charges of burglary of an occupied residence, plus grand theft auto and possession of a controlled substance. Doll said there might be more charges against King as the investigations continue.
King is currently being held at the Pasco County jail.