CLEARWATER — A Pasco couple botched a blanket heist on Clearwater Beach late Wednesday, police said, and they were later caught fleeing in a car driven by one suspect's teenage son.
Paul Guglielmo, 43, and Ashley Nenu, 25, both of Holiday, each face a charge of petit theft.
A beachgoer, Michael Paske, 37, of Clearwater, was out for a swim about 7 p.m. when he saw the pair snatching things from his blanket near the Palm Pavilion, according to police. He bolted from the water and after Guglielmo and Nenu, while also calling authorities on his cell phone.
The couple then allegedly hopped in a car and told a 15-year-old boy – the son of one of the suspects – to drive. Authorities said the teen had no knowledge of the beach theft, and Guglielmo and Nenu each face charges of child neglect for involving him.
Both were taken to the Pinellas County Jail and released Thursday morning on $5,150 individual bonds.