Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Judicial Operations Bureau
Catherine Adams (Suspect – Arrested)
Charge: Armed Burglary of an Occupied Structure
William Atkins (Suspect – Arrested)
Charge: Armed Burglary of an Occupied Structure, Felony Criminal Mischief, Felony Theft from a Construction Site
PINELLAS COUNTY – Deputies assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau have arrested two subjects after breaking in to the Pinellas County Justice Center.
According to investigators, at approximately 8:34 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, 2021, deputies received a call from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Court Security unit of a break-in at the front entrance. When patrol deputies arrived, they found the front door shattered and observed 47-year-old Catherine Adams inside. When confronted by deputies, Adams exited the building and was arrested. Deputies then entered the courthouse where they found and arrested 49-year-old William Atkins.
Deputies say Atkins used a small piece of rebar to shatter the glass door before making entry. At this point, it does not appear either subject made it past the security checkpoint located inside the building. Both have been arrested and will be booked at the Pinellas County Jail.
The scene remains active as the investigation is underway.
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