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When a man allegedly broke into a Gainesville home Monday, he was confronted by a young resident wielding nothing but a guitar and a flashlight.

Norman Reid, 52, was arrested by Gainesville Police and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft from a dwelling. Reid allegedly stole $180 in cash from the mother’s jewelry box in her closet, according to the report.


Reid walked into a home through the unlocked back door Monday at 5:06 p.m., according to the arrest report. The 14-year-old victim was in his room when Reid entered the home.

When the boy heard the sounds of drawers and doors opening and closing in his mother’s bedroom, he armed himself with a guitar and a flashlight, according to the report.

Reid then reportedly walked into the victim’s room and was confronted by the boy, holding the guitar and flashlight.

He backed up and told the boy that it was a misunderstanding and he thought he knew him, according to the report. Reid then left the home through the front door and was stopped by police on the side of the road at 5900 NW 23rd Terrace, according to the report.

Reid remained in Alachua County Jail on Tuesday and Wednesday in lieu of a $100,000 bail.

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