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Largo man broke into jewelry store, cut himself on glass and bled all over everything, police say

A Largo man was arrested Monday after police said he broke into the front door of a jewelry store and stole $10,000 in jewelry, but cut himself in the process and left blood all over the store.

Police arrested Jaime Williams, 31, on a charge of burglary on Monday morning after a short ways away covered in blood.

Officers said they were called to the Silver Queen Jewelry Store in response to the burglary. There, they reviewed surveillance video that showed a man arriving on a black bicycle, leaning against a tree and then "destroying the glass front door" to get inside, an arrest report states.

Video also showed the burglar breaking into display cases by smashing the glass and taking several pieces of jewelry. He then left the store and hid the jewelry in some bushes.

Officers noted that "there was a large amount of blood throughout the scene in the store from defendant injuring himself on the broken glass."

About 90 minutes after their arrival, officers found Williams several hundred feet from the store — wearing the same clothes as the burglar — a gray T-shirt, blue shorts and red sandals — and covered in blood, arrest reports state.

Officers took a DNA sample from him to compare to the blood left in the store.

When officers read him his Miranda Rights, Williams said that he wanted a lawyer. However, he did ask the officers "What are you going to do with my bike?" -- referring to the bicycle that the burglar had leaned against the tree.

He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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