LAKE MARY, Fla. - Investigators said they caught a thief in the middle of a burglary spree in a Lake Mary neighborhood on Wednesday.
The suspect is accused of breaking into a home in the Silver Lake neighborhood and then hiding the stolen goods in another family's house.
He appeared to be trying to clean out the neighborhood, deputies said. All four houses he broke into are in a row, they said.
Investigators said 25-year-old Brandon Capps went on a carefully planned burglary spree Tuesday morning.
He targeted a home where he apparently knew the residents were out of town, investigators said. Then one by one he broke into three more houses, stashing their
stuff, deputies said.
Sheriff's deputies said he used a pellet gun to break windows so he could get into the homes.
He stole three flat screen TVs, an iPad, designer purses, and jewelry, deputies said.
Then he went to another house, but someone was home, investigators said. The homeowner called 911 when he heard glass breaking and saw a man on his pool deck.
Witnesses told Seminole County deputies that they saw the burglar run into another home.
Deputies said that when they searched the house, they found Capps sweating profusely and hiding in a closet.
"Kind of creepy that he felt like he had the right to be there in the first place, that he was hiding in the closet. It made it obvious he was guilty," said resident Jen Hobson.
Investigators said he used to live at the house where he hid and still had a key to it. But the tenants said he was no longer allowed to be there.
WFTV went to Capps's Deltona home, but no one answered the door on Wednesday. Capps is charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and firing a missile into a home.