Two gangs of men burglarize cars
Two separate gangs of young men roamed neighborhoods in Wesley Chapel and Land O'Lakes early Tuesday, looking for cars to break into. Some cars were unlocked. Others left windows down, to be easily unlocked. Many left belongings in plain sight — such as GPS units and purses.
"Vehicles are one of the easiest opportunities for thieves to make you become a victim," said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. "Lock your doors and don't leave anything inside your vehicle that would be enticing to thieves."
Three Tampa teenagers, armed with a .25-caliber handgun, told deputies they tried to burglarize 300 cars that morning, operating as a team to be more efficient, according to a report.
They hit cars in Lexington Oaks, Stage Coach Village and Grand Oaks.
Those arrested on charges of armed burglary, theft and criminal mischief and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail are:
• Stefan Limberakis, 19, of 720 West 101st Ave., Tampa; bail set at $350,450.
• Christopher Beerman, 19, of 2305 Curzon Way, Tampa; bail set at $350,450.
• Christopher Osborn, 19, of 16151 Ravendale Drive, Tampa; bail set at $350,300.
Authorities say the other car burglary gang consists of Justin Derousse, 20, and Raymond Costello, 25, who both live on Applewood Drive in Wesley Chapel. They are accused of breaking into cars in Country Walk.
Both are charged with three counts of auto burglary.
Derousse is being held without bail because of a violation of probation charge. Costello's bail is $15,000.
Transient faces attempted murder charge in beating
Authorities say a 33-year-old transient severely beat another homeless man early Sunday, sending the victim to the hospital in critical condition.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, William Johnroe was furious with 29-year-old Joseph "Guitar Joe" Fylipek for not watching Johnroe's backpack as he had been asked to do. The fight was in the parking lot of a Dollar General store on the corner of U.S. 19 and State Road 52.
Johnroe pummeled Fylipek's face with his fists and a black wooden guitar and tried to choke him before fleeing the area, the report said.
Fylipek — who wasn't cooperating with authorities and, at first, refused medical treatment — was beaten so badly he had to be flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, the report said. His latest condition was not available Wednesday.
Johnroe is charged with attempted murder and remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail. He admitted to participating in a fight, the report said, but told deputies Fylipek started the confrontation.
Girl airlifted after foot run over by lawn mower
A 9-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after her foot was run over by a lawn mower, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.
The call came in at 12:48 p.m. from 5528 Fourth St. in Zephyrhills, authorities said.
The girl was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital. Her name and medical condition were not released.
Knife, gun pulled in fight over girl, authorities say
Authorities say Michael S. Barwick pulled a knife and a gun on another man at Hudson Beach late Monday night after arguing with him about a girl. The other man had knife cuts on him, though they weren't serious, according to a report from the Pasco Sheriff's Office.
Barwick, who is listed as a transient, was taken to a hospital because he was "extremely intoxicated," the report states. At the hospital, Barwick, 49, threatened to punch an ER tech for giving him a urinary catheter, and he tried to bite and kick a deputy, the sheriff's report said.
Barwick is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, assault on a law enforcement officer and battery on a health care provider. As of Wednesday, he was being held in the county jail in lieu of $20,263 bail.
Bookkeeper stole from Sky Dive City, police say
Autum Overstreet, a 29-year-old bookkeeper for Sky Dive City, was arrested Monday on charges she stole $138,697 from the skydiving company, according to the Zephyrhills Police Department.
A news release says numerous bank deposit and ATM discrepancies led detectives to Overstreet, who lives at 38942 Fifth Ave. in Zephyrhills.
She is charged with grand theft and was released on bail from the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday.
Man pleads no contest in April shooting death
A man accused of shooting and killing a man on a bicycle in Tommytown in April pleaded no contest to second-degree murder on Wednesday.
William Lee Chamblee, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison — 25 years of which are considered "minimum mandatory" that cannot be counted toward early release.
He was accused of killing 37-year-old Charles Andrew Simonds, who was found dead alongside 21st Street and Main Avenue on April 19. He had been shot four times.
Dade City police said Simonds had been dating Chamblee's wife, Stormy Messenger.