Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Allegiant pilot accused of burglarizing boat, beating blind owner

Editor’s Note: All charges involved in the story below were dismissed. Brian Sieg was not tried or convicted on any charge. A judge expunged the case, and Sieg has a clean criminal record.

LARGO — An Allegiant airline pilot was arrested Monday after deputies said he boarded a 20-foot Checkmate boat at the Belleair Causeway boat ramp and beat the legally blind owner with a metal hook pole during a burglary.

Brian Sieg, 32, of Largo, who deputies said was intoxicated, faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, armed burglary, and assault during the course of a burglary.

Sieg entered the boat Monday afternoon and beat the victim with a 12-inch rod, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said. It was unclear Tuesday whether the two men were acquainted.

The victim suffered injuries to his face and teeth, authorities said, and eventually lost consciousness.

Sieg earned his airline transport pilot's license from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2009, records show. He has worked as a pilot for Allegiant for nearly four years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

An Allegiant representative declined to comment on his arrest Tuesday and would not confirm he worked for the airline, but a Pinellas arrest report listed Allegiant as his employer.

Sieg, who had not been previously arrested in Florida, remained in the Pinellas County Jail on $210,000 bail Tuesday.

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Danielle Paquette can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4224.

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