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Man, 26, accused of stealing from elderly

A 26-year-old man was accused of posing as a repairman and carpet cleaner so he could burglarize elderly women's apartments. Kevin W. Messinger, of 6415 17th Ave. N, has allegedly talked his way into at least two apartments since May at the John Knox complex at 1035 Arlington Ave. N, then rifled through the tenants' closets and drawers. Police arrested him Tuesday and accused him of burglary, fraud, conducting business without a license and violating solicitation laws. He was held in lieu of $16,100 bail at Pinellas County Jail.

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