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St. Petersburg burglar stops to pet cat at foot of victim's bed before fleeing scene

Jasper Fiorenza, 24, was arrested on charges he broke into a woman's home in St. Petersburg. (St. Petersburg police)
Jasper Fiorenza, 24, was arrested on charges he broke into a woman's home in St. Petersburg. (St. Petersburg police)
Published Dec. 1, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man Wednesday on charges that he broke into a home but stopped to pet the occupant's feline. That's when the cat's owner woke up and saw the man standing at the foot of her bed, according to St. Petersburg police, and then he fled the scene.

Jasper Fiorenza, 24, was arrested on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and resisting arrest without violence.

The incident took place sometime while the woman was asleep Nov. 20 at a home in Shore Acres on Michigan Avenue N.

The woman, who was not identified, told officers that she awoke to find Fiorenza standing at the foot of her bed. She screamed at him to get out of her house, but first he crouched down to pet her cat. Police said he did not harm the woman and left the house.

St. Petersburg police said they identified him using evidence found at the scene and arrested him on Wednesday. He was being held at the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $20,500 bail, records show.