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Woman seeks help from police to get cash back from drug dealer

ST. PETERSBURG — Katrina Tisdale had second thoughts after giving her last $50 to a drug dealer Monday night. So she did what many people do when in trouble: called 911.

Tisdale took this step before. In July 2011, when a similar thing happened, she called 911. That got her a trip to jail. The same thing happened this time.

After she called 911 twice about a theft, officers met with the 47-year-old about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Fourth Street N. Tisdale demanded police get her money back, authorities said.

Tisdale was upset, police said, because she was broke until she got her next social security disability check. She told officers she gave the dealer the money for marijuana and cocaine.

Police arrested Tisdale on a charge of misusing the 911 system. She was in the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday night in lieu of $100 bail. Records show Tisdale pleaded no contest to reporting a false crime for the 2011 incident. She was given jail time and fines for that.

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