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"Spiderman' pleads guilty to series of rooftop break-ins

Bobby Ray Romeo, accused of being the rooftop burglar who Tampa police nicknamed Spiderman, pleaded guilty Thursday to a series of crimes that could bring him 90 years in prison.

Romeo, 34, pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary, two counts of grand theft, three counts of petty theft, and single counts of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and dealing in stolen property.

Prosecutors said the charges involve burglaries that occurred between November 2003 and February 2004.

Detectives linked Romeo to some of the burglaries by analyzing DNA on a Pepsi can, an Ice House beer bottle and cigarette butts left at crime scenes.

Police said Romeo, a former hardwood floor installer with a long criminal history, burglarized businesses to feed a crack cocaine habit.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente will sentence Romeo on Feb. 24.

Police: Man used blowtorch to steal from vending machine

TAMPA _ A Largo man was arrested Thursday, accused of using a blowtorch to rob a laundry room vending machine.

Charles Carbonaro, 21, of Largo faces charges of felony criminal mischief and grand theft, Tampa police said Thursday.

Detectives had been investigating numerous thefts from laundry room vending machines in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties between last May and July, police said.

One was at Westminster Chase Apartments, 6910 Interbay Blvd., where $3,000 of damage was done to the laundry vending machine when robbers used a blowtorch to force it open and steal money, police said. Carbonaro lived at the complex at the time, they said.

Carbonaro was being held Thursday at the Hillsborough County jail on unrelated burglary charges.