Monday, May 21, 2018
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Police: Man, 37, couldn't pay cab fare because he 'made it rain' at club

LARGO

Police: Man, 37, couldn't pay cab fare because he 'made it rain' at club

A 37-year-old man told police he had no money to pay his cab fare because he "made it rain" at a club, according to Largo police.

Just before 1 a.m. March 21, Cheler Destra requested a taxi ride from St. Petersburg to Largo. The cab driver took him to a 7-Eleven at 6333 Ulmerton Road so Destra, who is listed in his arrest report as transient, could take out money to pay the $37.25 fare.

However, Destra did not have enough money to pay the driver, according to the report. During an interview with police, he said he thought he had $50 in his pocket, but officers did not find any money on him.

Destra then told police he spent all his money at a club because he was going through a divorce. He faces a petit theft charge.

TARPON SPRINGS

Money marked 'for motion picture use only' leads to arrest

Officers arrested a Holiday man who they say used a $100 bill marked "for motion picture use only" at a Tarpon Springs business.

According to Tarpon Springs police, Brendan McCarthy, 41, used the counterfeit bill March 26 at a business at 501 W Athens St, according to his arrest report.

McCarthy told police he got the bill from a drug connection who gave him $20 in return. He said he didn't care that the bill was fake because he was addicted to heroin.

McCarthy faces a charge of uttering forged bills.

Kathryn Varn, Times staff writer

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