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Employee, customer foil attempted burglary of Palm Harbor store

Published Sep. 10, 2012

PALM HARBOR — Aided by a customer, a clerk at a discount clothing store foiled a homeless man's effort to burglarize the establishment Monday, authorities said.

George E. Nunnally, 59, entered Plato's Closet on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor at about 1:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Nunnally is a transient from California, officers said.

Store employee Kayli Gibbons, 31, saw Nunnally wander into a back room and close the door. In the room she found Nunnally trying to break into the store safe, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Gibbons and Nunnally had a physical confrontation as she tried to stop him from leaving, and she received "some minor injuries," authorities said. Nunnally ran out the main entrance to the store, but a 22-year-old customer, Dominic Deangelin, "clasped him in a bear hug," carried him back to the store, and pinned him on the ground until deputies arrived.

Deputies arrested Nunnally on suspicion of burglary and battery. He was taken to the hospital for screening before being booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

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