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Man took taxi to home burglary, deputies say

HUDSON — Pasco deputies say Donald Pearson, a 33-year-old felon who finished his latest stint in prison last November, hired a taxi to chauffeur him to his most recent crime, a home burglary, and then to a pawnshop to sell the goods.

An arrest report states that about 3 p.m. March 26, Pearson "was picked up by a taxi and driven to the victim's residence" on Honeybrook Drive in the Sugar Creek neighborhood of Hudson. Pearson is accused of breaking into the home through an unlocked window and stealing a laptop and jewelry worth $1,015.

Then Pearson had the taxi driver take him to a pawnshop in Port Richey, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco Sheriff's Office. En route, Pearson pulled a watch from his pocket and asked the driver if he wanted it, Doll said. The driver declined and, later, called the Sheriff's Office to report his suspicions, Doll said.

Pearson of 12708 River Mill Drive in Beacon Woods was arrested Tuesday and faces a charge of burglary. He also faces two counts of stealing from a person age 65 or older and grand theft of a motor vehicle in an unrelated case. Authorities say that in that case he stole an 82-year-old woman's car and swindled her out of two diamond rings, two television sets and a DVR player.

It is unclear why a couple of months passed between the break-in and Pearson's arrest.

Pearson has served three sentences in prison for grand theft, forgery, uttering a forged instrument and fraudulent use of personal identification, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

He is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Man took taxi to home burglary, deputies say 05/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:25pm]
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