Homeless man arrested for Holmes Beach burglary

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John Villecco Jr

A 27-year-old man stayed the night at a friend’s house without permission and he was arrested for burglary.

John Villecco Jr., listed as homeless, was arrested May 2 by Holmes Beach police for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and criminal mischief in the 5600 block of Gulf Drive.

When Villecco’s friend returned home, he found his door open and the man sleeping on his couch.

According to the police report, Villecco allegedly trashed the house and wrote on the door.

Villecco’s friend wanted him to leave, so he took him to the Manatee Public Beach, called 911 and pressed the charge.

Villecco told police he entered his friend’s home because he was scared and needed help.

Villecco said he didn’t remember writing on the door but “had things in his head I just needed to get out,” the police report stated.

Villecco was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail, where he posted $7,620 bond and was released.

His arraignment is set at 9 a.m. Friday, June 1, in the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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