August 21, 2020
By: Staff Report, PR
APOLLO BEACH, Fla. – The owner of a home on the 6700 block of Surfside Blvd in Apollo Beach was alerted through surveillance cameras that someone had entered his home around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 20.
Herid Betancourt, 47, was seen on video roaming through the victim’s residence wearing latex gloves. Betancourt forced his way into the home by breaking a side door off of the hinges. Once inside, he rummaged through the victim’s personal belongings, turned on a ceiling fan, and used the microwave to heat up some of the victim’s food.
The victim, who does not know Betancourt, called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. Deputies arrived to find Betancourt still inside the home.
Betancourt, who is homeless, told deputies he broke in because he was planning to live in the million-dollar home on the water. He was arrested for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, criminal mischief, and petit theft.
The arrest was recorded on the newly-issued body-worn cameras of the deputies on scene. Body camera footage, in addition to home surveillance video, can be watched here:
“It is unacceptable for someone to think they can simply walk into another person’s home and claim it as their own,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Thankfully, deputies were able to locate this would-be squatter and take him into custody without anyone getting hurt. We look forward to showing our community the great work deputies are doing every day to protect our residents and their property through the use of body-worn cameras.”
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