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Cell phone left behind in Pinellas burglary, carjacking leads to arrest

A resident awoke to find a burglar in his home with his Samurai sword in one hand and his truck keys in another.
Daemeion Grady, 24, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on charges of armed burglary and kidnapping.
Daemeion Grady, 24, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on charges of armed burglary and kidnapping. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published May 16
Updated May 16

A St. Petersburg man was linked to an armed burglary and carjacking after he left his cell phone behind at the scene, Pinellas sheriff’s deputies said.

Police said that at about 7:45 a.m. on April 20, a man who lives in the 6700 block of Gulfport Boulevard S awoke and went to his living room to begin working from home. He noticed his laptop was missing, then saw a burglar in his kitchen.

A police report said the burglar had “the victim’s replica Samurai sword in one hand and the victim’s vehicle keys in the other hand.”

The burglar then “ordered him to pick up a clothes hamper filled with stolen items from the residence” and told him to bring it out to the resident’s truck. The victim did as ordered and the burglar left in the man’s truck. The man called law enforcement.

Deputies determined the burglar had left a cell phone inside the residence. They obtained a search warrant and found several photos and videos of the suspected burglar on the phone.

They determined the phone belonged to Daemeion Grady, 24, of St. Petersburg. They also found the sword, which had Grady’s fingerprints on them, arrest reports state.

Grady was arrested Tuesday on charges of armed burglary and carjacking. He also was charged with resisting arrest and also is facing multiple drug charges. Bail on the burglary and carjacking charges was set at $150,000 each and Grady remained in jail on Sunday.

An assistant public defender has filed a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Grady has an arrest history in Pinellas County that includes previous charges of burglary, robbery and drugs.