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BURGLARY SUSPECT CAUGHT INSIDE EDGEWATER HOUSE WITH 4-YEAR-OLD HE BROUGHT ALONG
A burglary suspect caught inside an Edgewater home is in custody today on a variety of charges including child neglect, after Volusia County sheriff’s deputies found he brought a 4-year-old girl along with him.
Deputies responded to the 100 block of Charles Street around 8 a.m. Thursday after a witness reported a suspicious person carrying around large bags on a neighbor’s property along the river. The owner discovered someone had been on his boat, and some electrical wires had been tampered with in an apparent attempt to start it. The witness also reported the suspect was walking with a little girl, and the girl was also carrying a bag.
Just before noon, another report came in about a man and a little girl walking through back yards on the 100 block of Coleman Street (near the initial incident), and looking into utility sheds. While a deputy was speaking to a woman standing on the second-story deck of her home in the area, he heard a male voice coming from downstairs. The woman said no one else should be in her house. That’s when deputies discovered 35-year-old James Giambra (DOB 4/18/1984) was inside.
Deputies challenged Giambra and took him into custody without incident. They checked on the 4-year-old girl to make sure she was OK, and she handed over an iPod Touch she said she had taken from a car in the garage. After speaking with deputies for a while, she was turned over to a responsible a family member.
Giambra was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts of burglary of a conveyance, grand theft, petit theft, two counts of child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine, which was found in his pocket. He was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he remained in custody Friday on $38,000 bond.