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Holiday woman stole grandfather's identity, Pasco Sheriff's Office says


Sheriff: Woman stole grandfather's identity

A woman who knew her 89-year-old grandfather was forgetful and easily confused stole his identity and charged nearly $3,000 on a credit card opened in his name, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Wendy Cossette, 37, of Holiday was arrested Thursday and is charged with exploitation of the elderly and fraudulent use of a credit card. Her arrest report said she cared for her grandfather and cleaned his house in Holiday once a week.

According to the report, the grandfather died, and his son discovered the fraud afterward.

Authorities say Cossette opened two other cards in her grandfather's name. She told detectives she had his permission to do so. Her bail is set at $10,000.


Gun brandished over left-behind beer

The two men dragged Jeb Burch outside the house on Linda Drive. It was 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, and the men said they caught Burch trying to steal prescription medications from inside.

But Burch wasn't leaving without his beer, the report said.

He pulled a gun on the two men and demanded his beer, according to the report.

The men — Andrew Dubay, 56, and Danny Murray, 52 — said they ran away and that Burch left without his beer. Dubay owns an auto shop and once employed Burch, but told deputies he had fired him. Still, when Burch called Thursday asking if he could come over and drink with him, Dubay said okay.

Burch was arrested at his home in Zephyrhills. The gun was recovered, according to the report, but Burch said he didn't threaten the other two men. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.


Suspected burglar leaves name behind

A thief tore off a screen and tried to pry open a window at a home on Lake Joyce Drive in Land O'Lakes on Thursday afternoon.

Unsuccessful, the person gave up — but left a slew of evidence at the scene: a belt, a bottle of liquor and two prescription receipts — for oxycodone and Endocet — with a name on them: Charles P. Venator, a 26-year-old who lives a mile from the attempted break-in.

Venator was arrested on charges of burglary and criminal mischief. He was being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $11,800 bail.

Holiday woman stole grandfather's identity, Pasco Sheriff's Office says 04/24/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 9:07pm]
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