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Spring Hill man accused of breaking into golf shops, stealing cigars

BROOKSVILLE — An unemployed Spring Hill man is accused of burglarizing several area golf shops, stealing cigars and, in some instances, golf balls and shirts.

According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, Peter Draeger, 53, broke into the Seven Hills Golf Course on July 12 by prying out one piece of glass and smashing another piece.

The burglar smashed the glass case of a humidor and stole some cigars, but while doing so he cut himself and left blood at the scene. A DNA comparison of the blood and a sample Draeger later provided matched, and he admitted to the crime, the report states.

He said he broke into the shop because he was stressed out because of his wife.

On Sept. 12, Draeger broke into Divots Golf Shop on Linden Drive by smashing the front glass door, the report states. Once inside, he removed a humidor full of cigars. He cut himself on the broken glass, the report states, and DNA from the blood found at the scene was matched by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to the sample he later provided.

Weeks later, on Sept. 30, Draeger broke into Golf ETC on Cortez Boulevard by removing glass, the report states. But he later told investigators that he changed his mind and did not steal anything that time.

On Jan. 7, the report states, Draeger broke into the Seven Hills Golf Course Pro Shop by smashing the glass door. Once inside, he removed a box of cigars, two shirts and several sleeves of golf balls. He left behind a cigar butt from which DNA was retrieved, and the FDLE matched to Draeger.

Later that same month, the report states, Draeger again broke into the Seven Hills Golf Course by removing a piece of glass and then smashing the interior glass door. Draeger then took the humidor that held cigars.

Draeger was arrested Friday on several burglary charges and was being held at the Hernando County Jail.

Spring Hill man accused of breaking into golf shops, stealing cigars 04/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 16, 2010 6:02pm]
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