Melbourne Homeowner Finds Burglar Napping

A burglar was found napping inside a home in Melbourne, Florida.
A burglar was found napping inside a home in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE, Florida – Officers were dispatched to the 1700 bock of Loquat Driver after a man found a burglar napping inside his home, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

According to the affidavit, the homeowner found a broken bedroom window and a man who remained inside, until he was discovered on Friday at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Matthew Peter Schappert, 27, was found in the home and was told to collect his things and leave immediately.

“The victim did confront the defendant who quickly gathered his items and fled from the house,” the officer said.

Schappert then walked a short distance from the home and entered an enclosed shed and shut the door, where a Melbourne police canine eventually found him.

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Schappert was arrested transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Resisting Police. His bond was set at $6,000.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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