Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Deputies arrest St. Petersburg man in Valentine's Day robberies

ST. PETERSBURG — Deputies didn't show Kevin Scott Wolfe any love when they arrested him early Thursday in connection with a series of Valentine's Day robberies.

Wolfe, 37, is suspected in three early Tuesday robberies in which deputies say he drove his mother's minivan into the backs of other cars, waited for the motorists to get out and survey the damage and then robbed them.

After he was arrested just before 1 a.m. Thursday, Wolfe admitted to the Valentine's Day robberies as well as two other incidents in St. Petersburg that took place on another day, deputies said. He told authorities he needed the money to support a cocaine habit and had seen the method of rear-ending victims work on television, officials said.

Wolfe has been charged with three counts of robbery and burglary.

Wolfe was the subject of front-page news stories in 2004 after he allowed a 12-year-old boy to drive his car in the parking lot of his Largo apartment complex. The boy hit the gas instead of the brakes and ran over Wolfe's 2-year-old daughter, Summer. She was killed.

In an effort to stay out of jail and attend his daughter's funeral, Wolfe dodged authorities by abandoning his home and living in hotel rooms for several days. He attended the funeral, then turned himself in to police on a probation violation charge.

He later was charged with manslaughter in connection with the girl's death, but was acquitted by a jury the next year. A few days after the acquittal, Wolfe was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after he threw an urn containing Summer's ashes across a parking lot after a drunken argument with his wife.

He served 19 days in jail. He has been arrested on various charges over the years.

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