ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man they say burglarized a veterinary hospital twice, crediting those who recognized him from a surveillance video released Wednesday.
Markus Weilyn Maly, 37, was charged in the May 12 and July 8 burglaries of Central Animal Hospital at 4801 4th St. N. Police say Maly, of 378 48th Ave. N, confessed to the crimes, saying he had traded much of the stolen property for drugs. Some of the property was found in his apartment, but one of the more valuable items — an antique Gibson banjo — was not.
Maly was arrested Thursday afternoon at his apartment after detectives received several tips identifying him as the suspect seen in the video aired on several local media TV stations and websites.
In addition to the burglary charges, Maly was charged with trafficking in oxycodone and four counts of doctor shopping, police said. The drug charges are unrelated to burglaries to the animal hospital and were the result of another investigation into Maly's activities.
Detectives are still trying to locate a second suspect in the burglaries.