NEW PORT RICHEY
2 charged in burglary of unoccupied house
Two men are accused of stealing $2,500 of items — including copper pipes, seven aluminum window frames and an air conditioning unit — from an unoccupied house in Magnolia Valley.
Paul Mergel, 21, and Jeremy Tierney, 23, both of New Port Richey, were arrested about 3 a.m. Tuesday at Mora Court and Hollyridge Drive. Mergel and Tierney told deputies they planned to sell the stolen items to pay their bills, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Mergel even stole a trash can from another house to haul away the items from the Mora Court home, authorities said.
Both men were charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and possession of burglary tools. They remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.