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Drunken man crashes through ceiling of downtown St. Petersburg restaurant, but no one knows how he got there

James Donald Olsen, 24, of Riverview

James Donald Olsen, 24, of Riverview

ST. PETERSBURG Inside Fortunato's Italian Market, customers were scarfing down late-night meals when foam began to fall from the ceiling.

Soon, the patrons told police, a man came tumbling after, crashing to the floor inside the restaurant in the 200 block of Central Avenue.

The man, identified as James Donald Olsen, 24, of Riverview was described as "so intoxicated" in an arrest report. Officers could not figure out how he had gotten into the space above the drop ceiling. He fell through about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, investigators said.

Damage from Olsen's big fall was estimated at more than $1,000 in repairs, according to the report.

He faces a charge of criminal mischief.

ST. PETE BEACH

Suspected burglar tells police he was checking property for suspicious people

The man with the gloves on his hand and flashlight on his head told deputies he was just checking the darkened home for suspicious people and was not one himself, according to an arrest report.

But inside, a safe had been pried open and drawers had been yanked from the dresser, investigators wrote.

Deputies responded to 1401 Pass-a-Grille Way about 6 p.m. March 21. After they heard rustling upstairs, according to the report, they found Claribal Avillanedas Sorto, 49, of St. Pete Beach. They said he was wearing gloves and a headlamp. He told them he had been drinking Corona beers after performing maintenance in the area when he spotted an open window, deputies said. Sorto then went into the house to check for anything suspicious, according to the report.

He faces charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools.

LARGO

Woman accused of eating pack of cheese sticks without paying

A 44-year-old St. Petersburg woman is accused of eating several cheese sticks while she walked around Walmart on Roosevelt Boulevard on March 24, according to an arrest report.

Police said Donna Christine Tortora did not pay for the cheese, which Walmart valued at $1.59. After eating the cheese sticks, according to the report, she left the empty bag on a beverage cooler and paid for her other groceries shortly after 3 p.m. She faces a charge of petit theft, elevated to a felony because of two or more prior offenses.

Compiled by Zachary T. Sampson, Times staff writer

Drunken man crashes through ceiling of downtown St. Petersburg restaurant, but no one knows how he got there 03/24/16 [Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:35am]
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