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Port Richey man arrested and charged with burglarizing more than 20 homes

PORT RICHEY — A 42-year-old man is behind bars after Pasco sheriff's deputies said he burglarized more than 20 homes.

Shawn William Culver broke into the homes between Feb. 2 and July 21, all within a 1.5-square-mile radius of the Embassy Hills subdivision, according to deputies' reports.

Sometimes the homes were occupied, sometimes not.

Sheriff's deputies found a pattern. They said Culver frequently entered through sliding glass doors, but occasionally went through garages and once through a window. He often took purses and small electronics, and in six of the cases Culver attempted to use debit or credit cards, according to reports.

Culver told deputies he committed five burglaries the same way: he would steal purses, throw them away a few houses down, and try to immediately use the cards he had found. Then he would get rid of the debit or credit cards.

He said he committed burglaries after he ran out of money for gas. Almost all of the crimes were committed after the middle of each month, according to reports.

Culver faced four charges of attempted burglary, 23 counts of burglary and one charge each of loitering and obstructing an officer without violence. He was being held at Land O' lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $320,155 bail.

Port Richey man arrested and charged with burglarizing more than 20 homes 07/31/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 4:06pm]
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