Largo burglary thwarted when owner sees theft unfold via closed circuit camera

LARGO — The man was on his knees trying to wrest open a coin collection receptacle at the Laundromat when the police officer showed up.

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He stood up, locksmith tool in hand.

"Okay, you got me," he said, according to reports.

As it turns out, Largo police had a pretty good suspicion they'd find a man breaking into washing machines at the Laundromat at 2655 East Bay Drive at 1 a.m. Monday morning.

The business owner, who was home watching a feed of his surveillance cameras, reported the theft as he watched the burglary unfold.

Police found Donald Richard Casasanta, a homeless man with a string of previous burglary arrests, with various burglary implements and pockets full of change, according to an arrest report.

The business owner, who declined to be interviewed, estimated between $500 and $750 was stolen from his machines between Sunday and Monday.

Casasanta was charged with multiple counts of tampering with a vending machine, grand theft and possession of burglary tools. On Monday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Pinellas court records show Casasanta was convicted in three burglary cases in 2003 and one in 2009. In 2010, he was convicted of tampering with a vending machine, possession of burglary tools and petty theft.

Largo burglary thwarted when owner sees theft unfold via closed circuit camera 12/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 1:42pm]

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