Deltona, FL - A burglary suspect issued an ankle monitor for a past burglary in Seminole County is back in jail after breaking into a home in Deltona—all while law enforcement tracked his move through his monitor.
The Volusia Sheriff’s Office (VSO) states 28-year-old Shamoule Bridges of Apopka remains behind bars in Orange County after he was arrested on charges out of Volusia and Lake County, where Bridges was the suspect in yet another burglary—again, while wearing his ankle monitor.
In the Deltona burglary, Bridges stole guns, ammunition, electronics, cash and the victim’s car. It’s not clear what he stole in the Lake County burglary.
“Ankle monitors are nice, but obviously they won’t stop a prolific criminal from breaking into your home, stealing your guns and taking off in your car,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Thursday of Bridges’ arrest. “I hope the next judge who sees him thinks twice before setting him loose on all of us in Central Florida yet again.”
Deputies say the Deltona burglary occurred last Friday (September 17) on Kingsdale Drive, where the victim came home in the afternoon to find his garage door wide open and his vehicle missing. The victim also found his door was broken in, drawers across the house were left ajar, and discovered 6 handguns missing along with six boxes of ammunition, two 55-inch televisions, other electronics, and cash.
Using surveillance cameras and tag readers, the stolen car was tracked to Orange and Polk counties. A second vehicle was also seen leaving the residence after the burglary. Working with a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), detectives were able to establish Bridges as a possible suspect in that vehicle, according to VSO.
When the SCSO checked the GPS coordinates from Bridges’ ankle monitor; it placed him at the exact location of the burglary on that afternoon.
Investigators also contacted the owner of the second vehicle and made contact with a Deltona woman and a 17-year-old female who admitted she drove Bridges to a house in Deltona, where he went inside for about 20 minutes before coming out driving the victim’s car. A stolen photo scanner from the victim’s home was also discovered in the teen’s home.The mother said her daughter gifted it to her after claiming she got it from a friend.
The stolen vehicle was later recovered in Apopka on Tuesday night (Sept. 28) when Orange County deputies tracked it down and arrested a 20-year-old suspect, Paul Perkins. None of the stolen items were found in the vehicle. However, a search warrant is pending on the second vehicle to determine if any stolen items are in it.
In addition to his pending charges in other counties, Volusia detectives charged Bridges with armed burglary, six counts of grand theft of a firearm, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
An email from VSO states Bridges criminal history includes 41 prior felony charges with 4 convictions and 9 misdemeanor charges with 4 convictions. His ankle monitor was a condition of his release in a pending 2018 burglary case in Seminole. In addition to that case, Bridges was charged with carjacking in Orange County, where he was in jail until his release earlier this year.