Suspect Uses Stolen Phone To Apologize To Victim

May 13th, 2011 by Staff

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – At the Orange County Jail, a handcuffed suspect admitted to his role in a botched burglary inside an upscale neighborhood.

“No way of changing what I did. I know it was wrong,” Cesar Casanova told WFTV.

The 19-year-old college student said he and his alleged partner in crime, Travis Khairullah, also a student, were cruising the neighborhood desperate for money, deputies said.

They decided on a home at the end of a cul-de-sac. Casanova said it looked like no one was home.
“Turned out the front door was unlocked,” he said.

Once inside, Casanova said they took iPods, cell phones, and jewelry worth approximately $87,000. When the homeowner returned from walking her dog, the teens took off and the victim ran next door to call 911, police said.

Casanova said the sheriff’s helicopter was overhead and deputies followed them to Khairullah’s condo.

According to the police report, Casanova then used the victim’s stolen cell phone to call her home. When a female answered, he started crying and apologizing. He even asked her not to press charges.

“I apologized because it was wrong and I was scared,” he said.

But the woman on the line listening to the confession was a sheriff’s deputy investigating the break-in.

Both suspects remain in jail. Casanova admitted he has a criminal history as a juvenile, but swears he will turn his life around after the arrest. Khairullah was arrested for burglary last year.

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