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POLICE: CAR THIEF USED SEARCH FORCAT AS AN EXCUSE BUT DIDN'T OWN ONE

Published Sep. 12, 2014

PALM HARBOR

A man found inside a car that wasn't his told the owner he was looking for his cat, according to arrest affidavits.

The car owners found Robert Edward Bruno III, 23, inside the vehicle parked in the garage of their home on Kirkaldy Drive on Aug. 28.

"When confronted by the victims," a deputy wrote in a report, "the defendant said he was trying to open the hood to the engine compartment in order to retrieve his cat."

Bruno later admitted to deputies he did not own a cat.

He was jailed on burglary charges.

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CLEARWATER

Thou shalt not steal, sir

A 50-year-old man recently violated one of the Ten Commandments inside a church.

According to Clearwater police, Mitchum Dean Reeves entered the Bethel Lutheran Church at 3166 N McMullen-Booth Road on Sept. 2. He spoke to employees and entered several rooms. While in the church's library, Reeves stole $50 from a woman's purse, according to arrest affidavits.

Moments later, he left after receiving a free Bible. When confronted by police, Reeves said he was "the wrong place at the wrong time."

He was arrested and faces a petit theft charge.

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TARPON SPRINGS

Man doesn't get away with new undies

A homeless man with seven prior theft convictions stole from a Dollar General with a technique he has used in the past.

Marshall Pemberton entered the store Aug. 29 at 750 S Pinellas Ave. and stuffed four new pairs of underwear into the leg area of his pants, according to an arrest affidavit.

"As done in prior thefts," an officer wrote, "his jeans were tied at the ankle to prevent merchandise from falling."

When a store employee confronted him and threatened to call 911, Pemberton said "call the police!" and ran off. Officers later found him near Lime Street after he jumped a fence to get away, the report says.

Pemberton faces charges of petit theft, resisting a merchant and resisting an officer.

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