Pasco deputies: Released inmate found temptation in jail parking lot

Published Aug. 21, 2012

LAND O'LAKES — A Zephyrhills teen was arrested Friday evening on a trespassing charge and released a few hours later. A return trip to jail didn't take long.

Less than an hour after he was let go, Pasco deputies say, 18-year-old Richard Owens tried to break into a car in the parking lot of the Land O'Lakes jail. A sheriff's deputy was walking toward the parking lot about 1 a.m. Saturday and recognized Owens.

"He knows Richard because he released him from jail earlier in the evening," according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

The deputy saw Owens try to open the door of a locked Pontiac GTO. Owens said the car belonged to a friend who was there to pick him up. The Pontiac's actual owner: A fellow sheriff's deputy.

Owens was arrested on a charge of auto burglary and remained in jail Monday.