Zachary N. Williams: Port St. Lucie man charged in burglaries of cash registers

A Port St. Lucie man allegedly broke into two businesses in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce by smashing glass front doors to steal cash registers.

Zachary N. Williams, 28, who lives in the 500 block of Southwest Violet Avenue, has been charged with petit theft, grand theft, criminal mischief property damage and two counts of burglary of an unoccupied structure, records show. He remained in the St. Lucie County Jail on Monday in lieu of $66,250 bond.

On July 30, an alarm went off at a business in the 900 block of North U.S. Highway 1 in Fort Pierce when someone broke in and took the cash register drawer, which was empty, according to an arrest affidavit. A store camera captured the image of a man with distinctive tattoos in the store.

On Aug. 7, Fort Pierce Police learned that a man with matching tattoos had been arrested for a break-in in Port St. Lucie, the affidavit said. Fort Pierce filed charges against Williams at the jail, where he was being held in the Port St. Lucie case.

Nine downtown Fort Pierce businesses were burglarized in a similar fashion between July 20 and Aug. 1, according to the arrest affidavit, which notes that several similar cases have occurred in Port St. Lucie. Williams has been charged in only two cases.