Police arrest career criminal singled out by officials last week

ST. PETERSBURG — Lagarrian "Sweetball" Donaldson, the man police singled out last week as the face of the city's property crime issue, is now behind bars.

Police arrested the 20-year-old Tuesday in the Childs Park area. He did not offer any resistance, the department said in a news release.

Last week, Police Chief Chuck Harmon said Donaldson was a career criminal and issued a public appeal for help finding him.

Donaldson, who has arrests dating back to when he was 11, had warrants for fleeing and eluding, burglary, failure to appear, battery and striking his pregnant, 17-year-old girlfriend.

On Tuesday, he was arrested on all those charges.

Detectives also developed probable cause against Donaldson in one of a string of residential burglaries that took place last weekend, the news release said.

Donaldson has also been linked to a house that contained numerous stolen flat screen televisions, electronics, ammunition and illegal drugs, police said.

Police arrest career criminal singled out by officials last week 08/18/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:16pm]

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