Man on probation arrested for attempted burglary


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Abraham J McGill, 54, was arrested yesterday evening and charged with attempted burglary after allegedly attempting to enter a house and a car.

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to a call from the victim, who said that McGill had come to her home at about 9:15 p.m. on September 2 and had entered her front gate, walked around her yard, and then, after looking around to make sure no one was watching, tried to open the front door. The door was locked, so McGill reportedly looked around again to make sure nobody was around and pulled the door handles on a vehicle.

At 3:30 p.m. on September 5, McGill allegedly returned to the house and asked if anyone lived there.

The victim reportedly captured the incidents on her surveillance video cameras and was able to provide a description. The officer located McGill a few blocks away, where he reportedly said he lives in the area and that he went to the house and tried to open the door because he was interested in purchasing it. He also reportedly said he tried to open the door of the vehicle because he was interested in purchasing it. He said he had visited multiple residences and had no intention of taking anything from the property.

McGill has been charged with attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling and attempted burglary of an unoccupied vehicle. He has 14 felony convictions and is currently on probation for a domestic battery conviction from a February 2022 incident. He is being held on $75,000 bail.

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. 

  • “It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood, a wonderful day in the neighborhood…”

    It could be. How easily the Poes and Wards have fooled the voters of Gainesville. To get rid of the trash, you have to throw out the trash.
    This November is a great time to start.

  • People are supposed to “age out” of crime by their 30s… At least that’s what Dr. Akers at UF told us…. I have noticed that many of the offenders arrested are in their 40s-60s.

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