Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Arrest seems to end Old Southeast rash of burglaries

ST. PETERSBURG — A recent string of home burglaries that has had the Old Southeast on edge has ended with the arrest of a longtime resident of the neighborhood. St. Petersburg police Officer Richard Johnston — the neighborhood's community police officer — said most of the burglaries were cleared by the arrest of Heather Nugent, 34. Nugent, whom Johnston said had no prior criminal history, faces multiple charges of burglary and dealing in stolen property.

The historic waterfront neighborhood usually enjoys a low incidence of crime compared to other areas of the city, according to the police. City Council member Karl Nurse, who was among the victims of the daytime break-ins, is pragmatic about the episode.

"We've had a good number of arrests, so if we lock our things, take care of our stuff and keep our eyes open, we should go back to being the city's most relaxed neighborhood," Nurse said. Most of the 16 reported break-ins in the past eight weeks have been attributed to Nugent.

Nugent had a system that involved riding around the neighborhood during the day on her 8-year-old daughter's pink bike, wearing a backpack with a crowbar tucked inside, Johnston said. Nugent went from house to house knocking on doors and forcibly entering homes when no one answered. She even crawled through a dog door in one home, Johnston said.

"We see her all the time, we walk by her house every day, we wave to her," said resident Claire Eichler at a recent meeting of the neighborhood that was called to discuss the burglaries.

"She did some things she shouldn't have, she made some mistakes, and there are consequences for that," Johnston said. "Hopefully, we've quelled this issue and can move on."

Arrest seems to end Old Southeast rash of burglaries 11/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Hopes fade after landslide destroys Chinese village (w/video)


    Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing.

    Vehicles and people line a road leading to the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County on Saturday in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. More than 100 people remained missing after the village was buried under tons of rocks and soil.
  3. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  4. Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom Rockhill didn't know what to expect Saturday, but by noon people were knocking on the door of his bar Right Around the Corner in Grand Central.

    (From left to right) Emma Chalut 18, gets a rainbow sticker on her cheek from her sister Ellie, 15 both of Jacksonville before the annual St. Pete Pride parade in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. This year the route was changed from the Grand Central and Kenwood area to Bayshore Drive.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald dies

    TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Supreme Court justice, who wrote a decision that prevented lawyers from excluding jurors because of their race, has died.

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald died Saturday, the court said in a statement. He was 93.