Squatter arrested in Golden Gate Estates

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Derrick Pitts – Photo courtesy of Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

A man is accused of breaking into a house in Collier County and living there.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested Derrick Pitts, who pretended he had permission to stay in a home in Golden Gate Estates.

The homeowner, who lives in California, noticed someone was trying to switch the names on the FPL account. The homeowner had a neighbor check the house, and they noticed the locks were changed, and loud music was coming from the house.

In the arrest report, Pitts claimed he was told he could live at the home to look after it and keep it clean.

Pitts faces charges including burglary and grand theft.

Deputies said the homeowner’s dirt bikes were loaded into Pitts trailer.

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