A handyman was arrested Monday, accused of stealing $100,000 worth of jewelry from a home where he was working. William D. Andreas, 41, of the 13700 block of 87th Avenue in Seminole was charged with dealing in stolen property. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and released after posting $10,000 bail. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Andreas stole the items from a jewelry box belonging to a woman who hired him to do some work. An arrest report does not identify the woman or say where she lives. Andreas then pawned the jewelry at several shops within a 30-day period, the report said. The woman identified some of the pieces, which were pawned at Universal Jewelry on Indian Rocks Road in Largo on Dec. 30, the report said. Andreas is listed as a registered sex offender.
Video gamer held on fraud charges
Police say a video gamer's online transgressions caught up to him in real life. Officers arrested him Monday in what they said was a ruse to swindle other gamers out of their money. Christopher H. Bouffard, 23, was charged with scheming to defraud and two counts of grand theft. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail Tuesday. According to Clearwater police, Bouffard offered to sell online World of Warcraft characters but cut off all contact once he received payment. Bouffard accepted at least $760 from two people in 2008, and there are at least two more victims, according to arrest reports. World of Warcraft, a multiplayer online role-playing game, has more than 11 million monthly subscribers. In the game, players create characters such as elves, trolls or dwarfs that take part in adventures in a land called Azeroth. Arrest reports do not say why the players Bouffard is accused of defrauding paid hundreds of dollars for characters when they could have created their own for free after paying a minimal monthly subscription fee. But more advanced characters allow users to skip ahead and play at a higher level.
People's Law School is back
The Clearwater Bar Association presents People's Law School on Thursdays starting this week and running through April 29. Each week will cover a different topic, starting with "the Judicial System from the Judge's Perspective" on Thursday. No registration is required, and there is no charge. Pinellas County teachers receive component points for trade days. It will be held at St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater. For information, visit www.clearwaterbar.org/law.html.
New Yorkers club to meet on Sunday
The Native New Yorkers of Tampa Bay Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Grill, 2328 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. To attend, call (727) 585-0992 by Friday.
Handyman stole $100,000 in jewelry from home, Pinellas deputies say