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Woman accused of posing as home buyer to steal credit cards from Pasco homes

Anitra White got inside most of the homes by saying she was looking for a house for her grandmother, authorities said. White, 34, targeted homes for sale or rent in Pasco County — and possibly Pinellas and Hillsborough — and while she was inside, pretending to be a potential buyer or renter, she stole the owner's wallet and went on spending sprees at pharmacies, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

There are more than a dozen victims so far, most of them elderly, the Sheriff's Office said. White is accused of racking up more than $11,400 in credit card charges at pharmacies and grocery stores. She told investigators she doesn't remember some of the crimes because she was high, a report states. White of Tampa said she was addicted to oxycodone.

She was arrested Wednesday and faces numerous charges of fraudulent use of credit cards, home invasion by false personation and violating her felony probation. White — who goes by several aliases, including Amitra White, Angel and Hope — is being held without bail at the Pasco jail.

White's boyfriend, Deano Benjamino Carrino, 38, is accused of being an accomplice in some of the thefts, the Sheriff's Office said. He is at the Hillsborough County jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, loitering, failing to return leased property, giving a false name to a law enforcement officer and fraudulent use of a credit card. He will be transferred to Pasco to face additional charges, authorities said.

Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said White could have more victims in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. He urged any victims to call Detective Angela Dutton at 1-800-854-2862 ext. 7291. Anonymous calls can be made to the crime tips line is (800) 706-2488.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Woman accused of posing as home buyer to steal credit cards from Pasco homes 04/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:00pm]
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