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Dade City man tells police he traded cocaine for air conditioner

DADE CITY — A 46-year-old man told officers he had bartered $20 worth of cocaine in exchange for a stolen air-conditioning unit, report Dade City police.

Jerry Lee Lewis told officers he wanted the air-conditioning unit to cool down his living room, due to the steamy weather. So he paid a man named Bill to steal one from a nearby house and deliver it to his home in a shopping cart, Lewis told officers.

Officers followed the shopping cart tire tracks from the victim's home on 12th Street to Lewis' place at 37508 Oakview Circle, where they found the air-conditioning unit sitting in a Bravo shopping cart behind the house, says a Dade City police report.

Officers found Lewis hiding in his back bedroom, according to a report. They have not yet identified the man Lewis accused of stealing the unit.

Lewis' previous brushes with the law have also involved theft: He was released from prison in February after serving time for burglary and grand theft, and he has been arrested in Pasco on charges of domestic battery and retail theft as well.

Lewis was charged with burglary and two counts of theft. He remained at the detention center in Land O'Lakes on Friday in lieu of $10,150 bail.

Dade City man tells police he traded cocaine for air conditioner 06/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 8:48pm]
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