LAND O'LAKES — A 45-year-old man smashed his way into a Citgo Food Mart, causing more than $1,000 in damage, but left empty-handed when he couldn't get to the cash register, authorities said.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Karl Julbe broke into the convenience store on U.S. 41 about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Security cameras show him throwing a wooden object through the front door, causing $900 in damage. That object also toppled a sunglasses stand, causing another $150 in damage, the Sheriff's Office said.
Julbe, a former employee, then walked into the store and tried to break into the register area, deputies said. Julbe later told deputies he wanted to take a pack of Newport cigarettes, the report said.
Because the register is surrounded by thick glass and a locked door, the burglar was unable to get to it. Julbe left the store without taking anything and returned around 3 a.m. to ask the manager if he could charge his cell phone, authorities said.
The manager, who had been sitting in his car in the parking lot because he had no way to lock up the store, let Julbe in and called deputies.
Julbe was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and violating his probation. He remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.