Missing AC parts lead to grand theft charges
A 24-year-old man is accused of cracking open dozens of commercial air conditioning units, stealing the coils and copper parts, and selling the materials for scrap.
Authorities believe Robert John Rutherford may have some accomplices, although so far he is the only one charged. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the parts went missing in August from air conditioning units at Sav-A-Lot, Family Fitness, Long Dental Lab, Salon Essentials and the Bealls Outlet on State Road 52, among other locations. Altogether 35 units were vandalized.
Rutherford, of 9542 Gary St., was arrested Oct. 1 on charges of attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools. Since then, deputies have charged him with 24 counts of grand theft, among other charges. He remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $164,163 bail.
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Cleaning lady admits taking Hummel doll
A cleaning lady is accused of taking a collectible doll worth $3,000 from a client's home.
Deborah Ann Jelicks, 40, admitted to deputies that she took the Hummel doll this month, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. She returned the doll to deputies.
Jelicks of 7525 Mallard St. was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft. She remains at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $500 bail.
In addition to working as a cleaning lady, Jelicks completed training in August to serve as a substitute teacher for Pasco schools. After the arrest, the district temporarily removed her from the substitute pool, and will revisit her status after the criminal charges are resolved, human resources director Renee Sedlack said.
Man, 20, accused of exposing genitalia
Authorities say they've nabbed a serial flasher who has been exposing himself to women at a Walmart parking lot. One of the victims got the man's license plate number, which led detectives to the suspect, said Capt. Robert McKinney of the Zephyrhills Police Department.
McKinney said the suspect is Thomas Andrew Murray, 20. Murray was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition.
McKinney said Murray exposed his genitals to women while sitting in his car in the parking lot of the Walmart at 7631 Gall Blvd. The incidents happened within the past few weeks, McKinney said.