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Homeless man lived in Al Lang Stadium luxury suite for two weeks, police say

He stole Rowdies gear from the merchandise store and helped himself to meals in the food area, police spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez said.

ST. PETERSBURG — A homeless man somehow got into Al Lang Stadium and lived in a luxury suite for nearly two weeks, police said.

Daniel Albert Neja, 39, was arrested Sunday after a cleaning crew entered the room where he was staying and found razors, opened shaving cream containers and blankets, St. Petersburg police spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez said.

Fernandez said the cleaning crew had not been in the room for some time because the space was supposed to be empty and cleaning activity was limited due to COVID-19.

Stadium security reviewed surveillance video and found that Neja had been entering the merchandise store and food area. He was wearing Rowdies clothing and eating the food that he had found, Fernandez said.

Surveillance footage showed that he had been in the facility since July 26.

Officers do not know how Neja entered the stadium, but suspect that he was able to blend in with the cleaning crew, Fernandez said.

The value of the clothing he took was $1,043 and he also consumed $250 in drinks, arrest reports state.

Mayor’s Office Spokesperson Ben Kirby declined to comment, citing that the case is an ongoing investigation. The stadium is owned by the City of St. Petersburg.

Neja is arrested on charges of burglary and resisting an officer without violence. He was being held in the Pinellas County jail Thursday in lieu of $5,150 bail, records show.