A St. Petersburg man took a lot of steps in trying to get away with a home burglary on Tuesday, including using a two-way radio to communicate with a lookout who was in a car parked nearby.
He also donned a blonde wig and black hat in hopes of disguising his identity, but the plan blew up when a neighbor recognized him and chased him away from the home, Pinellas sheriff’s deputies report.
The incident occurred just after 1 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 4600 block of of 40th Street N.
That’s where Frank Phillip Trinkaus, 38, used cutting tools to break through a chain link fence to get access to the front door of the home. No one was there at the time, so Trinkaus “opened and stuck his head through the center window of the main door of the residence and attempted to unlock the front door from the inside,” an arrest report states.
A neighbor saw what was going on and recognized Trinkaus, even though he was “wearing a disguise consisting of a black hat with fake long blonde curly hair,” a deputy wrote in a report.
The neighbor chased Trinkaus off. Deputies caught Trinkaus about a block away. Deputies noted that he had in his possession the “hat/hair disguise” along with large cutting shears, several screwdrivers, an expandable mirror, a head lamp, a torch and a large battery-powered bolt cutter, deputies reported.
They also found he had a two-way walkie-talkie, which he was using to talk to an accomplice who was sitting in a nearby vehicle acting as a lookout.
Deputies arrested Trinkaus on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Bail was set at $20,000 and he was released from the Pinellas County jail early Wednesday morning.
Deputies said Hayley Lynn Soos, 33, of St. Petersburg, was the lookout. She was arrested on charges of accessory to burglary and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. She was released on $15,000 bail.
Deputies said Soos told them Trinkaus had targeted the home because he believed there was cocaine inside, arrest reports state.