A man and a woman were arrested Sunday on Little Torch Key after they were found living on the enclosed porch of an unoccupied home without the permission of the owner.
A neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office to report seeing someone at the house across the street who did not belong there, He said he saw a couple washing clothes at the house and confronted them.
Deputy Josh Gordon and Sgt. Trevor Wirth responded to the home on Candice Avenue at 11:20 p.m. They found 31 year old Juvenal Alfonso and 26 year old Megan Burrell on the back enclosed porch of the unoccupied home. The screen on the porch had been cut to allow them to gain entrance to it. They had food and personal items on the porch and had plugged a lamp in to an electrical outlet.
The couple said they are homeless. They said their truck had broken down and was parked down the street at a friend’s house. They said they were not allowed to stay at their friend’s house and didn’t want to stay in the truck so they walked along the street until they found a house that appeared unoccupied and decided to stay there. They admitted to doing laundry at the house as well.
They were arrested, charged with burglary and criminal mischief and they were booked into jail.