Man, 22, accused of robbing 2 older men
A 22-year-old man has been preying on the older people, beating them and robbing them, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Ryan Patterson, of 7723 Vienna Lane in Port Richey, is accused of walking up to a 73-year-old man in Gulf View Square mall and pretending as if they were friends.
When he hugged the man, he stole his cell phone and $300 in cash the victim had in his shirt pocket, deputies said. The victim realized what happened and demanded his money back.
Patterson gave the man $10 and his cell phone and then ran, with the victim and other witnesses giving chase, deputies said. He got away in a car, but was later identified and arrested.
Patterson also is accused of a similar crime in April. He hugged an 82-year-old man and stole his wallet, then shoved the man to the ground, causing cuts and bruises, deputies said.
Patterson took all of the cash out of the wallet — $38 — and threw the wallet back to the victim, deputies said.
Patterson is charged with strong-arm robbery and robbery by sudden snatching, criminal mischief and simple assault. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Sunday evening in lieu of $16,026 bail.
Man, 26, charged in multiple car burglaries
An unemployed 26-year-old man claims to have broken into and stolen from at least 100 cars in the past month, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Jeffrey Hollister, of 4310 Lobo Lane in Land O'Lakes, was arrested Friday after a string of weekend car thefts in the Heron Cove subdivision and led deputies to some of the places where he hid his stolen goods.
He faces multiple charges of auto burglary and grand theft, as well as two for battery on a law enforcement officer. Patterson's bail is set at $110,000. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Sunday evening.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Bicyclist tells deputy he's too drunk for test
Yes, you can get pulled over for riding drunk on a bicycle.
Roland Jacobs, 46, of New Port Richey almost fell off his bike, which had no lights, after a deputy stopped him just before 2 a.m. Saturday on Main Street.
Jacobs told the deputy he had had five beers within two hours. When the deputy asked him to perform sobriety tests, Jacobs told him, "I'm too drunk to do those tests."
Jacobs was arrested on a DUI charge and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail. He was released on $250 bail.
Woman arrested after boyfriend is stabbed
An argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend got nasty at nearly 1 a.m. Saturday.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Sherry Terpack, 35, of Tampa was at her boyfriend's Land O'Lakes home when she broke a window and then armed herself with a skillet, deputies said.
Her boyfriend took it away, but then she got a kitchen knife and stabbed him in the stomach and bit his finger, deputies said.
The man then punched Terpack in the face and fled the scene, deputies said. Terpack was arrested.
She is charged with aggravated battery and was being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail Sunday evening. The condition and identity of her boyfriend were not released.
School tutor jailed
on DUI, drug charges
A tutor from Orlando was arrested in Port Richey in the wee hours Saturday. She is accused of driving while drunk, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
An arrest report said a deputy pulled over Sarah Jameson, 24, an employee of A Plus Tutoring in Winter Park, after her car swerved out of her lane and nearly caused a crash.
A breath test showed her blood-alcohol level to be 0.136, nearly twice the threshold at which Florida law presumes impairment. The deputy also found a pipe and two bags of marijuana in the car, both less than 20 grams.
Jameson was arrested on charges of DUI and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $250 bail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Deputies: Thief tried to sell laptop to owner
A thief stole a laptop computer and then held it hostage, calling the owner and asking for money to return it, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Graig Harbold, 33, of New Port Richey stole a computer from a car and then called the victim three times, saying he would return it for $300, deputies said.
The victim contacted the Sheriff's Office and when Harbold arrived at the dropoff location, he was arrested. He has been charged with grand theft and was released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $2,500 bail.
3 accused in scheme to steal diesel fuel
Three men are accused of stealing diesel fuel from trucks at Earth Tech in Spring Hill.
One man, Michael Bhend, 39, of Spring Hill, is listed as a plant manager at Earth Tech on an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
The other two men — Joseph Schwartz, 21, of Inverness and Richard Lamkin, 43, of Crystal River — are listed as unemployed. The three men are accused of siphoning 350 gallons of diesel from trucks.
Lamkin is charged with two counts of grand theft. Bhend and Schwartz also face grand theft charges plus drug charges, mainly possession of methamphetamines. All three were released from the Land O'Lakes jail.