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Police: Sarasota burglar breaks into house, falls asleep on couch

SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man was charged with breaking into a home and falling asleep on the couch, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

Timothy Bontrager, 29, was arrested at 8:03 a.m. Saturday and charged with felony burglary of an occupied dwelling. According to a release, police responded to the 3400 block of Tallywood Lane in Sarasota Saturday morning. The victim told officers she woke up around shortly after 7 a.m. and found Bontrager sleeping on her living room couch.

Police said when the victim asked him who he was and what he was doing in her house, Bontrager apologized. The victim told Bontrager she was calling the police and he then walked around the living room and left.

The victim gave officers a description of Bontrager and said he entered through an unlocked sliding glass door in the rear of the house. According to a release, the victim then noticed her wallet, driver's license, credit and debit cards as well as personal checks were missing from the table in the living room.

A short time later, officers spotted Bontrager walking southbound on Beneva Road and arrested him. Bontrager was being held in Sarasota County jail on $25,000 bond, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office website.

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