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Pasco man charged in theft of comics, Star Wars collectibles

HUDSON — Albert G. Rodriguez had a brazen summer, deputies say.

In July he ripped a necklace off a friend's neck and broke into another friend's home, pushed her down and stole her medications, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.

He's accused of breaking into at least two other homes between June and August and pawning what he grabbed. Rodriguez, 24, hit one house on Hazel Avenue in Hudson at least three times, the report states. The house was in foreclosure. The owner is disabled.

Rodriguez is accused of carting away 20 tubs full of the victim's prized collectibles — Star Wars and Star Trek toys still in their boxes, Hot Wheels cars, comic books, worth more than $3,000. He's accused of stealing $10,000 in jewelry at the second home, which was on Pinnacle Lane in Hudson. From that heist, Rodriguez pawned two rings that belonged to the victim's dead grandmother, authorities said.

Rodriguez, of Hudson, was arrested Wednesday after detectives got a tip on his location. He is charged with robbery by sudden snatching, home invasion robbery, two counts of burglary, two counts of dealing in stolen property and failing to appear in court on charges of battery.

"There might be some more charges coming," sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.

Rodriguez is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $205,013 bail.

Pasco man charged in theft of comics, Star Wars collectibles 09/22/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:46pm]
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