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Palm Harbor girl, 13, hides and calls for help during burglary


Published:   |   Updated: July 6, 2013 at 05:08 PM

A teenage girl's quick action led to the speedy arrest of a burglar who broke into her home Friday afternoon, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said William C. Wilson, 47, arrived at the house at 3400 Arcadia Drive in Palm Harbor on a scooter and rang the doorbell. When no one answered the door, Wilson allegedly pried open the kitchen window, entered the home and began filling a duffel bag with coins, video games and jewelry.

When 13-year-old Angelina Scisco, who was home alone, realized someone was breaking into the house, she hid in a bedroom closet and called her mother, who called 911.

When deputies arrived at the home, they say Wilson ran out of the back door.

A witness flagged down a deputy and directed him toward Wilson, who then attempted to enter another occupied home at 2801 Longleaf Lane home through a sliding glass door, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy held Wilson by pointing a stun gun at him until backup arrived, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies responded to the call at 12:24 p.m. and had Wilson in custody by 12:34 p.m.

Wilson was charged with two counts burglary to an occupied dwelling and violating his probation. He was on conditional release after serving 20 years of a 30-year sentence for armed burglary.

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