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Homeless man accused of breaking into cars at local gyms, then shopping with victims' credit cards

ST. PETERSBURG — Alexander Albacete went on a shopping spree this month, the problem is it was with other people's money, according to police.

Albacete, 24 and homeless, was booked into Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday on more than a dozen charges, including burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card. Police said Albacete has been breaking into cars at local fitness centers. He steals purses and wallets, then goes shopping, they said.

On Feb. 10, an arrest affidavit said, he spent about $500 at Tyrone Square Mall and gas stations.

Six days later, Albacete bought more than $800 worth of items at various gas stations and retail stores — including Macy's, Finish Line, Hollister, Marshall's, Walmart, and Pacific Sun.

He bought more stuff on Feb. 19 -- the same day two cars were broken into at Anytime Fitness at 6801 Fourth Street N.

Police later found Albacete in possession of the victims' IDs and credit cards, the affidavit said.

In addition to charges related to the burglaries, jail records also indicate Albacete is a fugitive from Greenville, S.C. and also was wanted in Broward County.

Homeless man accused of breaking into cars at local gyms, then shopping with victims' credit cards 02/27/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:03pm]
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