• Deputies: Man had girl, 4, with him during Volusia County burglary

    By: Jason Kelly

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    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A 35-year-old man had a 4-year-old girl with him while burglarizing a home near Edgewater on Thursday morning, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

    Deputies said they were called at about 8 a.m. to a home on Charles Street near South Ridgewood Avenue after someone spotted a man carrying large bags on a neighbor's riverfront property.

    Investigators said the owner discovered someone had been on his boat and had tampered with electrical wires to try to start it.


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    Deputies said the witness also said the man had a girl with him, and she was also carrying a bag.

    Shortly before noon, investigators said they received a report of a man and a girl walking through the backyards of homes on nearby Coleman Street and looking in utility sheds.

    A deputy was speaking to a woman standing on the second-story deck of her home in the area when he heard a man's voice emanating from the first floor, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Deputies said they discovered James Giambra in the home and arrested him.

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    "They checked on the 4-year-old girl to make sure she was OK, and she handed over an iPod Touch she said she had taken from a car in the garage," said Andrew Gant, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. "After speaking with deputies for a while, she was turned over to a responsible family member."

    Giambra was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts of burglary of a conveyance, grand theft, petit theft, two counts of child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

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