Sunday, June 24, 2018
Public safety

Borrowed food becomes breaking point for New Port Richey neighbors

NEW PORT RICHEY — Curtis Leatherberry told deputies he grabbed a soda and a pastry from the house next door. It was an agreement he had with his neighbor. He didn't think there would be any trouble. At 1:45 Tuesday morning, his neighbor came over.

Tony Barney struck up an argument, deputies say. He said food had been missing from his house and blamed Leatherberry, 52, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.

Barney, 31, punched out a window of Leatherberry's live-in camper, deputies said. Leatherberry told Barney that if he put his hand in again, he would stab it. Authorities say Barney punched out every other window. He lobbed a cinder block into the trailer, breaking Leatherberry's dresser and microwave, the report states.

Barney broke off the supports to the camper's out-board sleeping area, then, the report states, he began "literally tearing the walls off the trailer." The report says he stuck a water hose in the camper, turned it on and left.

Deputies wrote they arrived to find shards of glass around the trailer and clinging to its window frames. A 32-inch TV lay in its face nearby. The camper's siding was torn off, the frame broken, the inside soaked. In the middle of the floor sat the cinder block.

Asked why he did it, the report states, Barney told deputies, "while I was talking with Curtis, it looked like he was going to get froggy. That is the only way I can describe it."

Barney, of 6537 Sutherland Ave., was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief. He remained Wednesday at Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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