TRINITY — Richard Meccariello couldn't find his Tag Heuer watch. It was earlier this month and he asked his boss, Eli Hastings, 26, at Brick Oven Pizzeria & Ristorante, who told him he thought he saw it on a table, authorities said.
The watch, worth $1,500, was gone.
Meccariello, 29, wouldn't give up and figured the thief would try to sell it online. While searching ads on Craigslist, he found it being sold for $325. He answered the ad, pretending to be an interested buyer, and contacted the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Meccariello and a detective showed up for the transaction on Thursday — at the pizza restaurant — where the seller, according to authorities, was revealed: Hastings.
He confessed to the theft, a report states. Hastings, of 7401 Westcott Drive in Port Richey, was arrested and charged with grand theft. He was released from the Pasco jail later that day on $2,000 bail.