PORT RICHEY — A woman who asked a neighbor for help ended up with Christmas gifts stolen from under her tree, and the neighbor is in jail. Victoria Saunders, 25, of Leeds Road told deputies she had gotten a call Friday that her dog was running loose, so she asked Alberto Robles, 24, who sometimes stays with his father on Leeds Road, to find her pet while she was not at home.
When she got home later that day, she noticed a few gifts missing. Also gone was $130 in Christmas money that she had hidden in a purple and black Nike tennis shoe in her bedroom closet. She went out and called to Alberto, who was standing by her car.
"When she asked Alberto about the items, he smiled and ran into his house," according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
Deputies arrived to find gift tags and wrapping paper matching Saunders' stuffed into a plastic shopping bag on the Robles' dining room table, the report said. A search of Alberto Robles' room showed more wrapping paper hidden in a stereo speaker.
Alberto Robles, who was not there, had left his father a note saying he was "taking off" and would call, the report said.
Deputies found Alberto Robles on Monday at McDonald's at U.S. 19 and Gulf Trace Boulevard. They arrested him on a residential burglary charge. He was being held Tuesday in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Neither the cash nor the stolen gifts, a Kindle e-reader valued at $300, a black Nintendo DS valued at $340, and a rotary tattoo kit valued at $300, have been recovered.