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New Port Richey police seek suspect in Kmart jewelry theft

NEW PORT RICHEY

Warrant out for Kmart jewelry theft suspect

Police are searching for a man whom they believe stole nearly $20,000 worth of jewelry from a Kmart on Tuesday.

The suspect grabbed an entire spinning jewelry kiosk from the store at 5725 U.S. 19 and ran out the front doors. Authorities say the thief is Keith Jason Stewart Jr., 21, whose last known address was 4713 Simcoe St. in Palm Harbor. A warrant has been issued for his arrest on the charge of grand theft.

The New Port Richey Police Department reported that Stewart fled the store in his 1997 white Chevrolet truck. The truck was found, but Stewart is still at large. Authorities say Stewart is also a suspect in similar cases in Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Authorities urge anyone who knows Stewart's whereabouts to call New Port Richey police dispatch at (727) 841-4550.

NEW PORT RICHEY

1 stabbed, 2 arrested in roommates brawl

A brawl between roommates ended with one man stabbed in the leg and two others arrested, according to the New Port Richey Police Department.

The fight happened about 5 p.m. Thursday at 5436 Charles St., a report states. Rickie Eugene Strowbridge, 30, is accused of attacking a man with a kitchen knife. The victim shielded himself with a storage container, but fell and Strowbridge sliced the man's leg, the report states.

Strowbridge is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Another roommate is accused of waving a pocketknife at the same victim, but not cutting him. Stephen J. Schiessler III, 28, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

MOON LAKE

Girlfriend punched; man faces charges

Drexel Green was late.

On Thursday morning, authorities say, Green was supposed to meet his bail bondsman to turn himself in on a warrant for violating his probation for domestic violence. His girlfriend — whom deputies say he attacked in December — didn't wake him up in time Thursday, so he punched her in the face, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

Green, a 27-year-old unemployed man who lives at 10025 Waddell St. in Moon Lake Estates, then held his girlfriend on the ground and forced her into her own car, a report states. Green dumped his 26-year-old girlfriend at his friend's house and took her car to see the bondsman, leaving his girlfriend stranded with a bleeding, swollen mouth, authorities say. Green denied the attack while interviewed in jail, the report states.

He is charged with domestic violence and violating his probation. He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Friday without bail.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Man, 34, accused of sex with teen girl

A 34-year-old man is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Jason T. Moore, of 26853 Saxony Way, was arrested Thursday. He is charged with lewd or lascivious battery. Moore was released from the Pasco County jail that same day on $25,000 bail.

The girl told authorities her relationship with Moore lasted seven months. Due to the nature of the allegations, authorities withheld the girl's name and would not say how she met Moore.

New Port Richey police seek suspect in Kmart jewelry theft 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 8:42pm]
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