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Kmart jewelry thief nabbed, deputies say

HUDSON — A little more than a month out of jail, Raymond Hetman ended up back behind bars for a number of charges, including allegedly robbing the jewelry counter at Kmart.

Deputies say the robbery with a deadly weapon happened Dec. 23. Hetman, 28, is accused of jumping behind the jewelry counter at the Hudson Kmart, at 12412 U.S. 19, and prying open the display case. As he stuffed jewelry into his pockets, an employee tried to stop him and got cut while struggling with Hetman, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said.

Hetman fled, dropping a screwdriver and a Taser on his way out, but a witness recognized him and told authorities, the report said.

Hetman was arrested Jan. 30 on unrelated charges, but was charged Thursday with the Kmart heist. He had been released from jail Dec. 12 after being incarcerated since October on charges he tried to break into a neighbor's apartment and then barricaded himself in his New Port Richey house, leading to an hours-long standoff with SWAT.

Hetman is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $250,189 bail.

Kmart jewelry thief nabbed, deputies say 03/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 2, 2012 8:30pm]

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