Hudson man arrested in thefts of iPods at Walmart and Target

HUDSON

Man arrested in thefts at Target, Walmart

Authorities say Tyler Odell walked into retail stores that sold the two things he needed for smash and grab robberies: high-dollar items and sporting goods equipment.

According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Odell, 23, went into the Walmart Supercenter at 12610 U.S. 19 in Hudson, on Nov. 21. He took a baseball bat from the sporting goods department, smashed an iPod display case and took five iPods from the case, valued at $975, the report said.

Two days later, deputies said, Odell went to the Target at 16400 State Road 54 in Odessa and repeated the crime. This time, he made off with seven iPods worth $2,065, the report said.

Odell, of 9100 Debbie Lane in Hudson, was arrested Nov. 25 in the parking lot of the Hudson Walmart. Deputies said surveillance cameras from both stores recorded images of Odell's theft and getaway in the dark-colored Ford Probe.

Odell told authorities he was going to use 50 percent of the proceeds from the stolen iPods to support his drug addiction.

He was charged with grand theft, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held in lieu of $8,950 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

PORT RICHEY

Multiple charges stem from theft at salon

A grandmother is accused of slipping a bottle of hair care product into her purse while her 8-year-old grandson was getting his hair cut Tuesday at Great Clips.

An employee followed Robin Straker, 54, of 7307 Windsor Mill Road in Hudson to the parking lot and confronted her, according to a report from the Port Richey Police Department. Straker argued with the employee, then jumped into her car, put it in reverse and ran over the employee's foot, knocking her to the ground, the report said.

The woman's condition was not immediately available on Wednesday.

Straker was arrested outside the salon at 8625 U.S. 19 and charged with retail theft, aggravated battery and contributing to the delinquency of a child — her grandson, who witnessed the incident. Straker is being held in lieu of $10,250 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

HOLIDAY

Man accused of using girlfriend as mop

The couple was fighting over alcohol use, and Mark Mueller got upset when his live-in girlfriend poured a 12-ounce Miller Light beer onto the kitchen floor. So Mueller, 49, decided to use his girlfriend as a mop, according to a report from the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

He pushed her to the ground and "slung her back and forth in the beer puddle," the report said. The incident took place in front of the woman's 9-year-old daughter.

Mueller, of 5305 Skyland Drive in Holiday, was charged Tuesday with domestic battery. He is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Father arrested in battery on his son

A 56-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he choked his son with both hands during an argument.

It is unclear what Donald DeWalt and his son were arguing about. The victim, described as a "runaway juvenile," had bruising and redness around his neck and shoulders, according to the report from the New Port Richey Police Department.

The victim's mother told an officer that her son also had a black eye from his father kneeing him in the face, the report said.

DeWalt, of 6971 Edgewater Drive, was arrested at his job, Signature Cab, and charged with child abuse and domestic battery by strangulation. He is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Man, pregnant wife's dispute turns violent

A 28-year-old man was charged with domestic aggravated battery on his pregnant wife after authorities say he pushed her and held her down.

At 12:04 a.m. Wednesday, Donald Schaberg argued with his wife and pushed her multiple times, according to the report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. His wife pushed him back, telling him to get away from her, and asked her 11-year-old daughter to call 911.

The woman went outside, where Schaberg pushed her again, causing her to fall on the ground and hit her head, the report said.

The 11-year-old girl told deputies she saw her father grab her mother by the neck and push her into a wall, the report said. She also saw her mother lying on the floor with her father's foot on her chest, the report said, and saw her mother bite her father's leg.

Schaberg told deputies he pushed his wife in self-defense, and that she told him she was pregnant a few days before the incident. Schaberg, of 12087 Midnight Star Loop, is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Hudson man arrested in thefts of iPods at Walmart and Target 12/02/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 10:14pm]

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