Man arrested in theft of bowling equipment
A 62-year-old man is accused of stealing bowling pin retrieval equipment from Leisure Lanes bowling alley so he could scrap the metal.
Charles Zsamper hit Leisure Lanes at 12529 U.S. 19 twice on the morning of Sept. 25, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. A man mowing the lawn saw Zsamper pull up in a white pickup truck and remove metal equipment near the back door, then leave and return again, a sheriff's report states. The lawn mower called his boss, the bowling alley manager, who tailed Zsamper's pickup as it sped away and got his license plate info, authorities said.
A deputy went to Zsamper's home at 10037 Floral Way in Port Richey, but he wasn't there. The report did not say why five months passed between the theft and Zsamper's arrest.
Zsamper, who listed his job as "metal scrapper," got $40 for the equipment at a recycling facility, the report states. The Sheriff's Office lists the two stolen parts as being worth $1,480.
He is charged with grand theft and false verification of ownership. Zsamper is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $7,000 bail.