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Hernando County deputies accuse squatter of burglary

BROOKSVILLE — William Harrin told authorities that he is homeless, and that's why he was staying, uninvited, at several places in recent weeks, including a church home.

The 25-year-old man said he moved into the single-wide mobile home owned by the True Holiness Church of Jesus Christ on Wiscon Road on July 13 and lived there for a while, subsisting on candy, crackers and soft drinks, according to a police report.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, a woman checking on an empty mobile home owned by a relative at 6460 Arizona St. in Brooksville discovered that someone had apparently been living there, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies searched the place and found clothes in the closet and a duffel bag in the kitchen with letters addressed to Harrin.

On Saturday, Harrin told deputies that he had noticed that no one was living in the Arizona Street mobile home, so he decided to stay there after collecting his belongings from the church property.

He said he lived in the Arizona Street mobile home for about five days, using the electric and water.

Harrin was arrested on three counts of burglary. He is being held at Hernando County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.

Ryan Strong can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or

Hernando County deputies accuse squatter of burglary 07/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 27, 2009 7:19pm]
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