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St. Pete creep-in burglar arrested

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John Curtis Dukes, 2012 PCSO booking photo John Curtis Dukes, 2012 PCSO booking photo
The image from the home surveilance video The image from the home surveilance video
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - Police have arrested a St. Petersburg man for the 'creep-in' burglary allegedly committed early Sunday morning.

St. Petersburg Police say 30-year-old John Dukes entered the home on 39th Street South around 1:50 a.m. and wandered the house until approached by the homeowner with a gun.

The break-in was caught on home surveillance video.

As a result of releasing the video of the creep-in burglary yesterday,  police say tips were received that the man in the video was Dukes.

Police say Dukes was also found to be the suspect in an armed robbery to the Gita Food Market located on 3rd Street South, which took place on March 12th. Video from that robbery was also released.

Wednesday night, St. Petersburg detectives received information that Dukes had fled the area and was in Sanford, Florida.

Members of U.S Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force were contacted, managed to locate Dukes, and took him into custody without incident.

Upon his return to Pinellas County, police say Dukes will be charged with Burglary to an Occupied Residence and Armed Robbery.

Dukes will also be charged in a home invasion robbery which took place on 22nd Avenue North on March 11th.

On that date it is believed Dukes entered the home through an unlocked rear door where he confronted two victims inside. After threatening them with a broom stick and telling them to lie on the floor, he stole two flat screen televisions, a pellet gun, and the keys to one victim's truck.

Dukes left the area with the victim's truck which was later found at a separate location unattended, but with the stolen property still inside.

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