TAVARES — Lake County authorities say they have a serial car burglar in custody, one who shocked himself with a Taser and put himself in handcuffs.
Shane Thomas Williams-Allen of Orlando was arrested this week on multiple burglary and grand-theft counts, and the Lake County Sheriff's Office said he may be linked to as many as nine car burglaries around Clermont and Minneola.
And one of the burglaries involved an unmarked Ocoee Police car, the Sheriff's Office said. Stolen from that car were a Taser, an expandable baton, handcuffs, a Glock handgun magazine, a digital camera and a digital recorder.
Williams-Allen, 19, discharged the stolen Taser and shocked himself when he first discovered it, the investigation found.
Last week, he accidentally locked himself up with the handcuffs and had to call authorities to set him free, according to his arrest report. Many of the other stolen items were recovered following his arrest.
Williams-Allen is held on charges that include grand theft, burglary to a conveyance and armed burglary to a conveyance. He may face additional counts, Lake officials said.
Investigators learned their suspect in the police car robbery was staying with friends in Clermont. At an apartment there, they discovered some of the stolen items but not Williams-Allen, according to an arrest affidavit.
They also learned through his friends that on Saturday Williams-Allen had "locked the handcuffs on himself and had to call the Clermont Police Department to respond to release him," the affidavit states.
After Lake authorities took Williams-Allen into custody in Casselberry, they took him to McDonald's because he said he was hungry.
"During the drive, the suspect asked if this was about the Taser incident," the arrest report states.
He later told the investigator that he went to Clermont after getting into a fight with his parents and was supposed to meet someone he knew about work. He then saw a light on in a car and entered the vehicle. Inside, he found a police gun belt and he removed the Taser, according to the report.
"The suspect stated he removed the Taser and it discharged, hitting the floor and causing his foot to get shocked," the report states. Then, Williams-Allen said he removed two handcuffs, a nightstick, two magazines and a digital camera.
He later told investigators that he probably entered four or five cars, including one from which he took cameras and an iPod with a docking station, according to the report. He said others were involved in "car hopping," which he described as going around and pulling on car door handles.
Anthony Colarossi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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