Police say Nairn Donald Newell III left the hospital where his baby was born Wednesday, met up with a friend and got involved in the late-night burglary of an elderly woman's home.
By that time, it was 3 a.m. on Thursday. Police say the two young men didn't count on being noticed by a neighbor smoking a cigarette in his yard.
The neighbor called police, who intercepted the burglars' car and found the elderly woman's jewelry box on the front seat, detectives say.
Newell, 23, of 4701 68th St. N, and Michael Jay Seeders Jr., 21, of 6749 Poinsettia Ave. S, St. Petersburg, were charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling.
Both are on probation for previous felonies.
Newell fathered a child who was born Wednesday, said St. Petersburg police Officer Dan Bates. State records show Newell has been in prison twice for burglary and grand theft. But police say it was Seeders who smashed out a window while Newell waited in a getaway car.
The break-in happened in the Bear Creek neighborhood of southwest St. Petersburg.
The burglary victim, whom the Times is not identifying, is a 76-year-old woman who lives alone and is hard of hearing, police say.
A neighbor, David Lewzingen, was smoking outside and saw a car drive up to the woman's home. Police say he saw Seeders get out of the car, walk to the carport, break a window and crawl inside.
Lewzingen picked up the phone.
"He saw something he knew was suspicious and didn't talk himself out of calling the police," Bates said.
"He did exactly what we would like every citizen to do," added police spokesman Bill Doniel.
Police say Lewzingen also saw Seeders come out of the house and get into Newell's car in an alley.
Police stopped the car a few blocks away.
Both Newell and Seeders have previously lived in Pinellas Park, records show.
Newell was in the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday night in lieu of $10,000 bail. Seeders was released on $20,000 bail.