'Pillowcase bandits' caught after string of burglaries around Ocala
OCALA, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -
Ocala-area burglars, branded as the "pillowcase bandits," have been arrested.
Since the beginning of November, the Ocala Police Department has worked numerous home burglaries that occur during the day. Once entering the homes forcibly, the suspects would then use the victims' own pillowcases to fill with stolen property.
Investigators followed tips which led them to two men and one woman, identified as 29-year-old Robert Harrison, 36-year-old Jonathan Michael Rollins and 34-year-old Tonia Elizabeth Donnelly.
Donnelly also gave permission to search an apartment she shares with Harrison, located at Windsor Towers Apartments. Investigator said they found a number of stolen items, several of which had even been wrapped as gifts for family members. These items included rare coin collections, baseball card collections, Elvis and Beatles records, electronic gaming devices and more.
Both Harrison and Rollins were arrested. Harrison was charged with two counts of armed burglary and one count of grand theft. Rollins was charged with two counts of armed burglary, one count of grand theft and one count of possession of burglary tools