Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

Mother accused of theft at Walmart in Lutz

LUTZ — A mother on vacation in Pasco County from Venezuela ended up in jail Monday after authorities say she and her two teenage children stole nearly $300 worth of clothes, jewelry and DVDs from a Lutz Walmart.

Alicia Llopis De Mendoza, 34, had her children, — a boy, 15, and a girl, 12 — place the items in a large purse, authorities said. A security officer at the Walmart at 1575 Land O'Lakes Blvd. told investigators "their mother stood facing them and watched" as they stole the items, a report states.

Llopis De Mendoza was arrested and charged with retail theft. She was released from the Pasco jail Tuesday on $150 bail. She denied stealing anything and said her children put the items in there without her knowledge.

Man arrested for sex with teenager

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 45-year-old man is accused of having a relationship with a 17-year-old boy.

Jason Scott Duckworth was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

The teenager told the Pasco Sheriff's Office that the acts were consensual and had been going on since January. The teen's father saw his son go into Duckworth's home Monday evening, walked over to investigate and saw the two having sex, a report states.

He took a photo of the act as evidence and called the Sheriff's Office. Duckworth, of 6916 Elder Drive in New Port Richey, is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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