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Man arrested for breaking into cars to sleep in them

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alexander Philip Sikorski, 29, was arrested early this morning and charged with burglary and attempted burglary after allegedly trying to sleep in cars in a parking garage attached to an apartment building.

A witness told a Gainesville Police Department officer that he was walking to his car and saw Sikorski sitting in another car. The witness said he had also seen Sikorski the previous day in the same parking garage, wearing the same clothes. After he got into his own car, he reported that he saw Sikorski get out of the car and try to enter a different car, parked next to the first car. The witness reported that after Sikorski was unable to enter the second car, he left the parking garage by elevator.

The responding officer reportedly found Sikorski in the lobby of the apartment building (the location of the apartment complex was redacted in the arrest report).

Post Miranda, Sikorski, whose address is listed as Jacksonville, reportedly admitted entering the car because he had nowhere to sleep. He said he had only been in the car for a few minutes when he saw the witness looking at him, which made him feel “sketched out,” so he tried to enter a different car. He also reportedly admitted taking a can of nicotine pouches, a pair of sunglasses, and some chewing gum from the first car.

Sikorski has been charged with burglary and attempted burglary. He was issued a Notice to Appear in 2015 after being pulled over; he was charged with driving without a valid license, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug equipment. He entered a plea of nolo contendere to the suspended license charge and adjudication of guilt was withheld; the other two charges were dropped.

Sikorski was arrested near his home in Jacksonville in September 2022 and charged with keying a car, but the charges were later dropped.

Bail information is unavailable on weekends.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

    • Not in this town lou, they’ll show up they just don’t want to work for it. They cry and demand money knowing half of them aren’t even worth what the minimum wage was five years ago. It’s funny because when that does get to $15 they’ll demand they get $20 a hour and still won’t be able to get your McDonald’s order right.

  • He came here from Jax? The “light” city leaders have turned on is a beacon for the cast-offs, the downtrodden, those whose intent is to continue the lawlessness of their lives; all with the continued condonance of their behaviors by those who gave the invite. Poe, Ward, Santos, Saco…send ’em to their homes. They invited the strays, let them deal with ’em.

  • Tick tock… it is just a matter of time before everyone’s luck runs out at these prices. Even the billionaires are tugging at desperate straws. The poor working stiff at 15 bucks an hour (if he can get it) is paying his taxes up front and barely keeping a warm bed with the remainder. How much debt before your bough breaks and the American banks deny higher credit lines and we all have to borrow from foreign banks? Bankruptcy protection is only in the US the other countries will require cash or oh, I don’t know… the Secret Service? Glad this kid found a warm cot in freezing weather. I’ll be glad when the big crooks get locked up too.

    • That should be automatic like going into boot camp….their heads and faces should be shaved and photos of all their tattoos should be added separately underneath their mug shot.

  • Yeah because my family has lived here long before you were chanting some freaking students. The freaking student loans that the country will argue about paying later. Is why there’s no affordable housing. Who the hell signs themselves a lease agreement at 9000 dollars for a one bedroom .come on now. Pain changes a man character. If I were freezing I’d have had to do it

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