Holmes Beach burglar tells police he owns home with Mariah Carey
(WWSB.COM) HOLMES BEACH, Fla. – A suspected burglar got a little too comfortable after breaking into a Holmes Beach residence over the weekend — though his explanations to police at least earn points for imagination.
Holmes Beach police arrived at the home on White Avenue Sunday morning in response to reports of a burglary. Upon reaching the scene, the investigating officer noted that the lock on a gate to the residence had been jimmied, the suspect’s car (“jacked up on one side with hydalics [sic],” according to the police report) in the driveway, the glass front door smashed and loud music booming from inside the house.
The officer, armed with his shotgun, attempted to sit tight and wait for backup. Per his report, “I began to walk up and take a tactical position on the stairs when I observed [the suspect] with a Bud Light in his hand.”
At this point, the suspect — identified as Jason Lowell James — noticed the officer through the shattered door. The officer announced himself and demanded James drop the beer and get on the ground, which he did.
Under questioning, James claimed he owned the home — along with pop singer Mariah Carey, who police say he said was part owner — for the past 17 years. Detectives had already contacted the real owner of the home, and knew that James was lying.
While questioning James, the suspect’s cell phone started receiving text messages from someone responding to James’ request that he be brought food and a TV.
The police moved their cars from view and set up the deliver — only to be met by James’ mother, who told investigators that she had dropped her son off at the residence the previous day (he told her he was he was getting to live there rent-free to “to try it out”) and was unaware that things were not on the up and up.
James was arrested and charged with burglary.