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Two transients accused of swiping beer from delivery truck in Pasco

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Pair accused of swiping beer from parked delivery truck

The beer truck was parked outside Skinny's Bar on Thursday afternoon, making a delivery, when two homeless people decided to help themselves, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

An employee at Skinny's told deputies he saw William Dwight Carte II and Cynthia Geller walk up to the Bud Light truck while the driver was hauling beer into the bar. One of them grabbed a 12-pack of the Belgian import Stella Artois, the report said. The other one snatched a case of Chinese Tsingtao beer, the report said.

The employee alerted the delivery truck driver, who ran out of the bar at 13228 U.S. 19 and grabbed the beer. The deputy who responded to the scene said Carte and Geller were both "very intoxicated" and both denied stealing anything.

Carte, 48, and Geller, 42, were both charged with auto burglary. Carte is being held on $5,000 bail; Geller, who also had a Pinellas warrant for failing to appear in court, is being held on $5,513 bail.

Both remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Friday.

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Want to buy a nice drill? Oh, it already belongs to you?

A 44-year-old man is accused of stealing items out of a parked pickup truck, then trying to sell them to another man, not realizing he was talking to the rightful owner.

Edgar Roderick Pugh, of 12206 Bayridge Ave., faces a charge of dealing in stolen property.

A Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says a man was visiting a home on Mystic Avenue, around the corner from Pugh's residence in Moon Lake on Sunday. While there, the visitor said, a drill, a bottle of perfume and cable connectors were taken from his truck.

Later that night, the report says, Pugh came into the home and tried to sell the drill to the man, who refused. Pugh also tried give the perfume to the man's girlfriend, the report said.

Pugh was arrested Thursday after investigators matched an identifying number on the drill with a spare battery in the victim's truck. Pugh remained in the Pasco County jail Friday, held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Two transients accused of swiping beer from delivery truck in Pasco 03/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 19, 2010 9:04pm]
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