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Man accused of stealing Cerebral Palsy donation box from Seminole Circle K

Published Mar. 28, 2012

SEMINOLE — A man was accused Tuesday of stealing a United Cerebral Palsy donation box last week from a Seminole Circle K store.

Dean S. Albrecht, 31, was arrested shortly after Pinellas County sheriff's officials asked for the public's help in identifying a man and a woman suspected of the March 21 theft from the store at 9097 Starkey Road.

Surveillance cameras captured the pair entering the store at 5:11 p.m. that day, deputies said. The woman moved to the back of the building where she faked a fall, attracting the attention of Circle K employees, authorities said. The man then walked to the front counter and slipped the donation box, which contained $35 to $40, into a black backpack, authorities said. Both left the store separately a short time later.

A sheriff's deputy noticed Albrecht walking Tuesday in the 9000 block of Starkey Road and recognized him as the man in the surveillance video, deputies said. Later, store employees identified Albrecht as the man who stole the box.

He was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor retail theft and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. Deputies have not yet identified the woman suspected in the theft.