Pasco Sheriff: New Port Richey man gets out of jail, tries to steal deputy's car in the parking lot

He was released after an auto-theft charge. Then he tried opening a deputy's car on his way out of the parking lot, the Sheriff's Office says.
Klaid Karpuzi, 41, faces a charge of attempted auto theft, Pasco deputies said.
Klaid Karpuzi, 41, faces a charge of attempted auto theft, Pasco deputies said.
Published November 14 2018

LAND O' LAKES — Second time's a charm, right?

A New Port Richey man, who had just been freed from jail Tuesday for an auto theft charge, tried to break into a car on his way through the jail parking lot, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The problem: A deputy was behind the wheel.

Klaid Karpuzi, 41, was arrested by the deputy and marched back inside the Land O' Lakes Detention Center, the Sheriff's Office said. Now he faces a second charge of attempted auto theft.

Karpuzi's first arrest was on Sunday after deputies said he stole a vehicle. He was released Tuesday on $5,000 bail.

Here's what the Sheriff's Office said happened next:

An off-duty deputy was parked outside the jail when she watched Karpuzi walk around her vehicle and pull on the passenger-side door handle.

She got out and identified herself as a deputy, the Sheriff's Office said, and then escorted Karpuzi to the front lobby of the jail.

The man told deputies he saw a vehicle with the engine on and didn't realize anyone was inside, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Karpuzi was released again Wednesday morning on another $5,000 bail, this time without incident.

Contact Justin Trombly at jtrombly@tampabay.com. Follow @JustinTrombly.

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