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Police reports

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 7, 2002

Detectives ask for help in finding robbery suspect

PORT RICHEY -- Pasco County Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in looking for a man who last month walked into a Staples store while the store was open, broke into an office and stole money out of a safe.

Sheriff's detectives are searching for the unidentified white man, who was described as 30 to 35 years old with brown hair, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, the man walked into Staples, 6239 Tacoma Dr. in Port Richey, sometime after 1:20 p.m. on Oct. 16. He walked past employees, went upstairs and broke into a locked office. Once inside, he pried open a safe with a screwdriver, stole money and left.

Anyone with information is asked to call Richard Stackon, (800) 854-2862 ext. 7298.

Pasco County man arrested on sex-related charge

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A New Port Richey man faces a charge of committing a lewd and lascivious act after two girls told deputies they saw him masturbating in a car, according to an arrest report.

Walter J. Rickard, 27, 5825 Lanate Ave., was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to his arrest report. At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rickard was sitting in a 1989 Chevy Suburban parked in a driveway on Whitman Drive when two girls, aged 11 and 13, approached him.

According to the report, the girls asked Rickard, a mechanic, how the truck was running. They said he replied "not as good as I am."

The girls said they saw Rickard expose his genitals, according to the report

Rickard was being held without bail at the Pasco County Jail Wednesday night on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.

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