Friday, February 23, 2018
Public safety

Pinellas police blotter: A sleepy burglar and a fight over skim milk

Residents find quite a surprise when they get home

St. Petersburg police say they have arrested a very sleepy burglar.

On July 16, a man broke the window of a residence in the 1700 block of Preston Street S in St. Petersburg and climbed inside. When the residents returned home, they found the burglar asleep in one of their beds.

Stanley Levell Scott, 46, was arrested on a burglary charge.

When questioned by police, Scott "stated he just wanted to lay down," the arrest reports state.

Nothing in the arrest reports indicated if the bed he slept in was just right.

Perhaps they were hungry for a bowl of cereal

A St. Petersburg man was arrested this week after he punched another man during a fight over skim milk.

The incident occurred about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 3400 block of Second Avenue S.

Police said Walter L. Major, 63, and another man "became engaged in a verbal argument over skim milk which turned physical when the suspect attacked the victim by punching him several times with a closed fist," an arrest report states. "The victim received a busted lower lip which drew blood."

Major was arrested on a battery charge.

It was unclear what exactly the men were arguing about when it came to skim milk.

He just couldn't keep his hands to himself

A homeless man taken into custody this week had a special message for the deputy who was arresting him.

"As I attempted to read the defendant his Miranda warnings he grabbed his genitals and stated 'you have a right to this,' " the deputy wrote in an arrest report.

The man, Andrew P. Carra, 37, was sitting in front of a bail bonds business on 49th Street N on Monday evening. Deputies said he was drunk and began screaming and cursing at the owner when he was asked to leave. When a deputy arrived, Carra threatened to kill him, arrest reports state.

Carra also told the arresting deputy "to lay off the Viagra rookie cop," reports state. It's unclear what he meant by this.

Carra was charged with disorderly intoxication and threatening a public servant.

Not electrically charged, but cops charge him

Pinellas deputies arrested a Clearwater man this week after they said he was caught stealing electricity by using jumper cables to run power from an electrical line to his home.

Edgardo Luis Ocasio Caldoza, 43, was arrested Monday morning on charges of grand theft and theft from a utility.

Pinellas deputies said they were called to his home by a Duke Energy investigator who had discovered the theft. Caldoza admitted to deputies he climbed a ladder to attach the jumper cables to electric cables, which he then ran to his house, arrest reports state.

Caldoza had been stealing the power, which was valued at $1,259, since February, arrest reports state.

Here's guessing this method of getting power is not only illegal, but highly dangerous.

Compiled by Times staff writer Chris Tisch

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