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Spring Hill neighbors' squabble ends in theft charge


Neighbors' squabble ends in theft charge

Tired of stray cats wandering into his yard, Ronald Beers set out a trap. Turns out, Beers might have caught his neighbor stealing from him instead.

Alfred Iannuzzi now faces a misdemeanor theft charge after cameras at Beers' home in the 11300 block of Collingswood Street showed Iannuzzi walking off with the cat cage Tuesday. Iannuzzi, 63, was issued a citation and had a court date set for May 12.

Beers told deputies he placed the trap in his front yard because his neighbor, Iannuzzi, feeds stray cats, who then amble into his yard. Once Beers caught the cats, he would call Animal Control to have them taken away.

But Tuesday afternoon, Beers noticed the cage was missing. Beers then reviewed footage from one of his cameras and saw Iannuzzi walk off with his trap, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies later interviewed Iannuzzi, who first denied taking the cage but later admitted to taking it. Iannuzzi said he was upset Beers would trap the cats and turn them over to Animal Control.

He said he took the cage and gave it to an unidentified friend who disposed of it.

Beers said he wanted to prosecute his neighbor, and deputies issued Iannuzzi a citation.


Seven face charges in police drug sweep

Police announced the arrests of seven people Saturday as part of an undercover drug operation and other enforcement efforts.

The sting, dubbed "Operation Weekend Warrior" was conducted in "high crime areas" of the city, a release from Brooksville police read. Some officers were sent into neighborhoods known for drug sales while others were sent out to buy crack cocaine from known dealers and their associates.

Six of the people arrested in the sting face an assortment of drug sale and possession charges. The seventh person, Rashaun L. Langley, 28, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The suspects arrested in the operation were Gregory I. Owens, 35; Calvin A. Jones, 25; Rebecca L. Hardy, 38; Charles Townsend, 64; April Day, 32; and James R. Johnson, 35.


Victim now a suspect in prescription ruse

The man told deputies that someone had jumped him as he left a pharmacy, punched him in the face and stole his just-filled prescriptions of oxycodone and methadone.

After more questioning, Mark Andrew Davis Sr., 46, of 5270 California St., Brooksville, admitted to deputies that he had made up the story as part of a ruse to get more drugs.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave this report:

Davis told deputies that he had left Nature Coast Pharmacy on U.S. 19 when a man attacked him, battering him in the face and stealing 180 oxycodone tablets and 120 methadone pills.

The attacker, he said, ran off, and deputies spent an hour trying to find a suspect.

Witnesses told deputies that Davis had hidden the methadone in the glove compartment of the vehicle he was in. Davis then admitted to deputies that he had reported it stolen so he could get a replacement prescription.

Davis also said he was supposed to sell his prescription of oxycodone for $800 to a man who hit him in the face then ran off with the pills.

Davis was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to traffic prescription narcotics and making a false report to law enforcement. He was being held at the Hernando County Jail on a total bail of $100,500.

Spring Hill neighbors' squabble ends in theft charge 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:35pm]
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