NEW PORT RICHEY
Deputies: Teen stole checks to buy drugs
Jonathan Lee Phillips got nearly $1,000 to buy drugs by stealing his grandmother's checks, authorities said.
Phillips, 19, was arrested Wednesday morning on charges he pilfered seven checks from his grandmother and cashed them at the Wachovia Bank on Ridge Road between June 12 and June 21. He received a total of $920 in transactions captured on surveillance photos, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
After his grandmother and aunt identified Phillips from the photos, Phillips admitted to cashing the checks and using the money for drugs, according to the report.
Phillips, of 7024 Maclura Drive in New Port Richey, was charged with possessing prescription drugs and paraphernalia in May. He has pleaded not guilty to both.
Now charged with scheme to defraud, he is being held at Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.