BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Houston Allen Boatright, 52, was arrested on December 8 and charged in nine business burglary cases from 2019.
On March 22, 2019, Boatright allegedly smashed the front glass of Deshi Bazaar at 4110 SW 34th Street and stole the cash register.
On that same date, he allegedly forced open the front door of an insurance office on Archer Road and rummaged through items inside the business, but no items were reported stolen. He also allegedly smashed a window at Thornebrooke Chocolates and stole the cash register on the same night.
On March 24, Boatright allegedly smashed the front glass of RU Game? at 5186 SW 34th Street and stole the cash register.
On April 20, he allegedly threw a paver through the glass door of the BP Gas Station at 15980 NW U.S. Hwy 441 in Alachua and stole the cash register. He also allegedly broke other items inside the store for total damages close to $6,000.
On April 26, he allegedly smashed the front glass of Batteries Plus at 3318 SW 35th Blvd and stole the cash register drawer and cash register drawer insert. Video surveillance was available from that incident.
On May 6, he allegedly tried to pry open the front door of Beyouteeful Obsession at 4001 W. Newberry Road but was unsuccessful; while the owner was talking to law enforcement, a dental office next door was reporting that someone had smashed a side glass window and stolen multiple items valued at around $1,700.
On May 10, he allegedly entered Stage 7 Karaoke at 4110 SW 34th Street through a rear door and stole the cash register.
Boatright was captured by another agency and reportedly confessed to many of the Gainesville burglaries; he is also a suspect in numerous business burglaries throughout north Florida and south Georgia. He served a three-year state prison term on Columbia County burglary charges from the same time period and was released on May 21, 2022.
Boatright is being held on a combined bond of $750,000.
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