Editor's note: An earlier version of this story indicated that OCSO detectives conducted interviews with the Haymon brothers. While OCSO arrested the brothers, UCFPD detectives conducted the interviews and investigation comprising the information below.
Two brothers suspected of 11 burglaries and thefts around UCF were apprehended by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office May 14.
Their motive? To stay off the streets.
“We got to do what we got to do and d [sic] there is going to be consequences for it,” said Paul Haymon in an interview with UCF Police Department detectives. “We were trying not to be homeless.”
Police caught up to the brothers, 18-year-old Devin Haymon and 22-year-old Paul Haymon, after UCFPD detectives tracked a number of items stolen from unlocked cars to local pawnshops. They arrested Devin on April 19, who confessed to UCFPD that the two “would break into unlocked vehicles with the purpose of taking money and electronics,” which they would later sell for weed, according to court documents.
Devin told detectives that he and his brother were making upward of $450 dollars per night from stealing cellphones, stereos and electronics from cars in apartment complexes along Alafaya Trail. The pair would set out each morning at 1:30 a.m. dressed “in all black clothing to avoid being caught.” They’d return around 6 a.m. to deposit their loot in their living room, an act Devin compared to being “like Christmas.”
Whenever they happened upon a wallet, the brothers would drive to Redbox movie-rental kiosks to determine whether or not any debit or credit cards they had acquired were still active. Footage from a Wal-Mart security camera on East Colonial Drive helped identify Devin, who admitted to using its Redbox to check a debit and credit card stolen from a vehicle on Greek Park Drive on Jan. 18.
On April 20, two UCFPD detectives visited the Haymon residence, where the brothers handed over “several electronics, purses, gift cards and several other stolen items,” including a number of iPhones, according to court documents. In an interview with detectives on May 6, Paul admitted to burglarizing a vehicle in The Pointe at Central on Feb. 16, which fit the pattern of auto burglaries committed in the UCF area.
The brothers are currently being held in Orange County Jail for trial.
Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @cameradudeman.