Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Public safety

Stolen piggy bank brings more charges for Pasco inmate

LAND O'LAKES — Among the loot, deputies said, was costume jewelry and a high-dollar piggy bank.

Detectives found the stolen goods through an investigation that began with a jailhouse phone call.

In the call, inmate Mark Ramsey, 48, told the woman on the other end of the line where to find the items and that she should pawn them, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says.

Deputies went to Ramsey's house, at 9436 Jim Street in Hudson, searched the garage and found a pillow case filled with costume jewelry and prescription medication and the pink piggy bank, filled with $400 in silver half dollars, the report says.

Detectives matched the items with previously reported burglaries. One of the victims identified the piggy bank he had reported. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said it was unclear whether the bank had yet been returned to the victim.

Ramsey has been in the Land O'Lakes jail since Jan. 13. Two charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, each for $10,000, were added Wednesday night to his list of charges. He was being held in the jail Thursday afternoon on six charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, five charges of dealing in stolen property, three charges of possession of stolen property, one charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling and one charge of false verification of ownership. His bail is $107,000.

Doll said the investigation is ongoing, and more charges could be added.

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