Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

Pinellas police blotter: Alcohol fuels three unusual arrests

Report: Woman tried to use patrol car as cab

An intoxicated St. Petersburg woman tried to use a police car as a taxi cab early Sunday morning.

Police said Heather Leigh McKean, 29, got into the back seat of a police car parked at First Avenue N and Second Street N just before 1 a.m.

The officer in the front seat, who was writing reports, told her "that she was mistaken and that this was not a taxi cab," an arrest report states.

McKean responded: "I don't care. Are you going to take me home? It's only four blocks."

The officer was going to give her a warning, but McKean dashed into traffic and "extended her middle finger" at police "after we told her to look out because she was running in front of a car," a report states.

She was arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge.

Man in undies tried to enter home, police say

A drunk man in his underwear was arrested early Sunday morning after he tried to get into a St. Petersburg home, police said.

Vincent Anthony Antonelli, 21, was arrested in the 600 block of Beach Drive NE at about 5 a.m. Police said he was trying to get into a residence and woke the homeowner.

He was arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge.

Police: Drunk man at wrong home exposed self

A Jacksonville man mistook a residence on Treasure Island for a friend's house last month. When the homeowner asked him several times to leave, the man "exposed his buttocks and licked the door" while yelling to be let inside, an arrest report states.

Scott McLean Zacher, 43, was arrested on charges of disorderly intoxication and trespassing in connection with the incident, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. on June 22 in the 100 block of 92nd Avenue.

When police arrived, Zacher said he believed the home belonged to his friend and he didn't understand what he did wrong.

Arrest reports, which say Zacher is a teacher, described him as "highly impaired."

Worker accused of stealing credit card

A maintenance worker for an apartment building was arrested last month on charges that he took a credit card from an 86-year-old resident who was taken to the hospital.

Alain M. Renya, 33, of Tampa, faces a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card.

According to Pinellas sheriff's deputies, the elderly woman was taken to the hospital on June 11 and later taken to hospice.

Within an hour, Renya began using her card — at a Rally gas station, Walmart, Home Depot and Taco Bell — to charge more than $500.

Renya, who had worked at the facility at 6800 Park St. S, was arrested June 24.

Homeless man solicited drivers, police say

Clearwater police arrested a homeless man on June 24 on charges that he was soliciting motorists with a sign that read: "Homeless Vet / Skilled / Hard Worker / Anything Helps / God Bless You!"

Glenn Edward Douglas, 27, told police that when they arrested him he had been panhandling for about an hour.

His take: $122.61.

Compiled by Chris Tisch, Times staff writer

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