HOLIDAY — Shana Boyarsky, a 41-year-old cosmetologist from Palm Harbor, tried desperately Thursday to get in touch with a man who owed her money.
His name was Kent Bove. He was 45. They met at a yard sale a few weeks ago and then bumped into each other at a Walgreens soon after, according to authorities. He hired her to help him clean out his house, Boyarsky later told deputies, as he was moving into an RV parked on the lot of Derby Self Storage along U.S. 19 in Holiday.
Boyarsky said Bove agreed to pay her $10 an hour. She worked 23 hours.
She wanted her money.
She called him all day Thursday and, when he didn't answer and his voice mail became full, she and a friend drove to his RV to knock on his door, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The windows were dark. He didn't answer, so she let herself in.
Bove was dead on his bed. Authorities say it was suicide.
Boyarsky still wanted what was due to her and, according to the Sheriff's Office, she loaded her friend's car trunk with $2,750 worth of the dead man's belongings: his computer, a black leather jacket, a box of CDs. A Nintendo GameCube. A briefcase full of documents. A box that had two glass crack pipes inside.
Then she called 911 to report finding Bove's body. Authorities thought something was amiss when they found out Bove's gate code to the complex had been used 45 minutes before the 911 call.
The friend told authorities Boyarsky stole Bove's things to recover some of the money he owed her. That led to a search of the car, which was still at the scene.
Boyarsky told deputies she didn't steal the items and that Bove agreed to give her some of his belongings. "She stated she had a 3-year-old child who could use the video games," the sheriff's report says. But when pressed if Bove gave her permission to take the items, Boyarsky said no, the report said.
She was arrested on a charge of grand theft and booked into the county jail, where she remained Friday in lieu of $2,000 bail. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Boyarsky is not accused of any foul play concerning Bove's death.
Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6229.