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Pasco man faces charges in mischief spree

LAND O'LAKES — A naked dip in the community pool and a joyride in a stolen golf cart landed a 37-year-old unemployed man in the Land O'Lakes jail, deputies say.

Thomas Olenick Jr. faces burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and vehicle theft charges after sheriff's deputies said he broke into the Stagecoach community pool area about 11 p.m. July 7.

Once inside, Olenick took a skinny dip in the pool and removed several underwater lights, according to the arrest report.

He then hot-wired a complex golf cart, loaded it up with pool furniture, the community lost-and-found bin and a trash can, and hauled some of the goods to his Stagecoach apartment, the report said.

Denise Campbell, 21, told deputies that Olenick was her mother's boyfriend.

She called the Pasco County Sheriff's Office when Olenick returned to their home after his dip and started throwing the stolen furniture around the yard, she said.

Earlier that day, Campbell said, Olenick and her mother, Deanna Fowler, 41, got into an argument after Campbell said he took Fowler's car to buy crack, according to the report.

Fowler was observed on the community's surveillance camera arguing with Olenick from outside the gated pool area the night of the break-in.

Fowler and Campbell could not be reached for comment Monday.

Deputies found the golf cart, trash can and lost-and-found bin in a wooded section of the Stagecoach community.

The crimes caused more than $1,000 damage to the community's property, according to the report.

Olenick turned himself in Sunday evening, and remained there Monday in lieu of $10,150 bail.

He said he had no recollection of his July 7 activities. All he remembered was taking four Xanax pills, deputies said he told them.

Olenick was convicted of marijuana possession in 2006, according to state records. He also spent two days in jail on battery charges in April.

Pasco man faces charges in mischief spree 07/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 9:55pm]
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