Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Pete copper theft suspect arrested after burglaries, chase

ST. PETERSBURG — Steven Branesky, the man police accused of causing more than $300,000 in damage to steal just $5,000 worth of copper, is in trouble again.

This time the 23-year-old man is accused of burglarizing three mobile homes Thursday morning while out on bail on numerous grand theft and criminal mischief charges.

Here's what deputies say happened Thursday:

Branesky broke into three homes at Club Chalet Mobile Home Park about 3 a.m. before a neighbor reported seeing him in an unoccupied home. When the deputies arrived, Branesky looked out a window and tried to hide inside one of the mobile homes at 7880 54th Ave. N.

Deputies repeatedly ordered Branesky to come outside, authorities said, and when he didn't, they sent a dog in.

Branesky — who has a long record of theft, drug possession and other arrests and charges — was charged with three counts of burglary and one count of possessing burglary tools.

He was arrested 18 days after he was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting $20,300 bail. St. Petersburg police accused Branesky of stripping air-conditioning units of their copper parts, destroying the machines in the process.

During an eight-day period last month, police say Branesky destroyed units at the vacant Circuit City store in the Tyrone area, a nearby Ross Dress for Less and a Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, and even Park Street Baptist Church.

Branesky of 988 49th Ave. N is back in the Pinellas County jail, this time being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.

St. Pete copper theft suspect arrested after burglaries, chase 12/31/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 31, 2009 9:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. The winner of 'Survivor: Game Changers?' It has to be Jeff Probst

    Blogs

    But Tampa Bay fans are more interested in whether local lawyer and ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper came out on top. After winning five - count ‘em five - challenges Culpepper made probably the most serious error in taking Sarah Lacina. the 33-year-old police officer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the finals with him.

  2. To catch a ring of poachers who targeted Florida's million-dollar alligator farming industry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set up an undercover operation. They created their own alligator farm, complete with plenty of real, live alligators, watched over by real, live undercover wildlife officers. It also had hidden video cameras to record everything that happened. That was two years ago, and on Wednesday wildlife officers announced that they arrested nine people on  44 felony charges alleging they broke wildlife laws governing alligator harvesting, transporting eggs and hatchlings across state lines, dealing in stolen property, falsifying records, racketeering and conspiracy. The wildlife commission released these photos of alligators, eggs and hatchlings taken during the undercover operation. [Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  3. Trigaux: Amid a record turnout, regional technology group spotlights successes, desire to do more

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — They came. They saw. They celebrated Tampa Bay's tech momentum.

    A record turnout event by the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, held May 24 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, featured a panel of area tech executives talking about the challenges encountered during their respective mergers and acquisitions. Show, from left to right, are: Gerard Purcell, senior vice president of global IT integration at Tech Data Corp.; John Kuemmel, chief information officer at Triad Retail Media, and Chris Cate, chief operating officer at Valpak. [Robert Trigaux, Times]
  4. Take 2: Some fear Tampa Bay Next transportation plan is TBX redux

    Transportation

    TAMPA — For many, Wednesday's regional transportation meeting was a dose of deja vu.

    The Florida Department of Transportation on Monday announced that it was renaming its controversial Tampa Bay Express plan, also known as TBX. The plan will now be known as Tampa Bay Next, or TBN. But the plan remains the same: spend $60 billion to add 90 miles of toll roads to bay area interstates that are currently free of tolls. [Florida Department of Transportation]
  5. Hailed as 'pioneers,' students from St. Petersburg High's first IB class return 30 years later

    Education

    ST. PETERSBURG — The students came from all over Pinellas County, some enduring hot bus rides to a school far from home. At first, they barely knew what to call themselves. All they knew was that they were in for a challenge.

    Class of 1987 alumni Devin Brown, from left, and D.J. Wagner, world history teacher Samuel Davis and 1987 graduate Milford Chavous chat at their table.