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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.

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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