SPRING HILL — Authorities have arrested a 24-year-old Hudson man who they think is behind a string of vehicle burglaries in Hernando and Pasco counties during the past month.
Matthew Desimone stole items from vehicles in several Hernando parking lots from Feb. 25 through April 2, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Desimone allegedly targeted the parking lots of the Hernando County Family YMCA on Mariner Boulevard and Gold's Gym on Pinehurst Drive.
Hernando deputies said Desimone would wait for the vehicle owners to go inside, then smash the windows of the cars and take property. Desimone mostly stole identification and credit cards from women's purses, deputies said, and then would use the cards at various stores.
Desimone was caught on video surveillance using the stolen credit cards, and was later apprehended in Pasco with the assistance of Hernando deputies. He admitted to detectives that he was responsible for some vehicle burglaries and even identified himself in surveillance photos.
Desimone was arrested Friday and was being held without bond in the Pasco County Detention Center on Monday.
He faces at least a dozen criminal charges there, including seven for burglary of an auto, scheme to defraud, criminal mischief, fraudulent use of a credit card and uttering a forged instrument.
In Hernando, Desimone faces nine counts of vehicle burglary, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts of uttering a forged instrument and two counts of forgery.
Hernando detectives are still considering a number of vehicle burglary and fraudulent use of credit card charges against Desimone.
Joel Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 754-6120.