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Deputies: Land O'Lakes teen advertised phantom BlackBerry on Craigslist, then robbed buyers


Teen accused of placing ad, then robbing buyers

A 17-year-old boy posted a Craigslist ad for a BlackBerry he didn't have, then robbed two different people who showed up with cash to buy it, authorities said. The ad was posted in June for a $50 BlackBerry, the report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The first taker arrived the afternoon of June 15 at a home in Land O'Lakes, where Robert Earl Blue Jr. exposed a handgun in his waistband and told the buyer, "Give me the money, I ain't playing," the report said. The man handed him the cash and left. The next day, about 11 p.m., another buyer met Blue in an Odessa parking lot, the report said. Blue showed him a phone that wasn't a BlackBerry, then pulled out a black and silver handgun and pointed it at the buyer, the report said, telling him to get on the ground. The buyer told Blue he would have to shoot him if he wanted his money, then jumped in his car and fled. That man had his fiancee call Blue, posing as another buyer, and the teen said the BlackBerry was still for sale, but the price had gone up to $70, the report said. Blue was arrested Thursday on two counts of armed robbery.


Cotee River Bike Fest begins Friday

The fifth annual Cotee River Bike Fest will be held in downtown New Port Richey from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event features live entertainment in Sims Park and on Grand Boulevard, bike rider skill shows, biker drill teams, a tattoo contest, the $1,000 Daisy Duke Contest, the Sheriff's Charity Ride, a fire truck pull, biking-related merchandise vendors, food and more. For details, visit coteeriverbike or call (727) 842-7651.


Get a fresh start on your career

The Wesley Chapel chapter of Mothers & More will host the Wesley Chapel Career Fresh Start from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the new LA Fitness at County Line Road and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The event will feature businesses owned by area moms and others who support women and families. The event also will include information about Mothers & More, a nonprofit support group for mothers. Also offered are information about career and business opportunities, career wear advice, resume tips, continuing education information and applications for hiring companies. Activities include carnival games, arts and crafts, a bounce house, face painting, a silent auction of donated items, snacks and drinks. The price of admission is a donation to Sunrise of Pasco Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center. Items accepted include toiletries, cleaning supplies and women's care items. A donation entitles a family to one auction ticket and five activity tickets.


The vehicle that caught fire in a fatal collision Saturday night on State Road 52 was a Dodge pickup. A story in Monday's Pasco Times incorrectly stated which vehicle caught fire.

Deputies: Land O'Lakes teen advertised phantom BlackBerry on Craigslist, then robbed buyers 10/05/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2009 7:56pm]
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