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Two arrested in apartment thefts

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 18, 2003

LEALMAN - Two men will face charges in a Thursday night incident that prompted Pinellas sheriff's tactical officers to surround an apartment for several hours, sheriff's officials said.

Neighbors said they heard shots fired Thursday night inside an apartment at 4621 40th St. N. Deputies arrived and saw someone in the apartment, but no one would come out.

The tactical officers arrived but found no one inside. However, they did find items that had been stolen from nearby apartments. Sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said the two men apparently had snuck through an attic crawlspace to steal from other apartments.

Deputies also found bullet holes in the wall and a .22-caliber handgun inside the apartment.

"It's unclear right now why the shots were fired initially," Pasha said. No one was hurt.

Friday morning, police arrested two suspects breaking into a vehicle near 49th Avenue and 31st Street N. They were charged with burglary of a vehicle in that incident, and Pasha said they will be charged in the Thursday incident, but those charges hadn't been filed Friday evening.

Charged were Robert Andrew Ohlin, 20, of 327 25th St S., and David E. Lanier, 22, of 4621 40th St. N, the apartments where the tactical team was called out.

Woman released after being shot

ST. PETERSBURG - A 43-year-old woman was released from the hospital Friday following a late-night shooting in downtown St. Petersburg.

Police said Deborah Kablinger was walking with a friend about 11:45 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Rowland Court when a car pulled up behind them. A man got out, pointed a handgun and demanded Kablinger's purse. Before she could hand it over, the gun went off and she was shot in the left shoulder. The gunman got back into the car and left without taking the purse.

Kablinger was treated and released Friday morning from Bayfront Medical Center. She could not be reached Friday for comment.

Police on Friday said they had no suspects.

Deputies: Pickup driver targets young girls

TAMPA - Hillsborough sheriff's deputies want parents to be on the lookout for a young man in a black truck who may be approaching young girls.

During the first incident on Sept. 1, a young man drove inside the Paradise Mobile Home Park on Victoria Street. He asked a girl to show him her underwear. The girl rode away on her bicycle and was not hurt. The girl told authorities that the person was about 14-16 years old, white, with black spiked hair and wearing a white tank top. He was driving a low-rider, black pickup truck with green flame decals on the side.

The second incident happened on Oct. 14, deputies said. About 2:30 p.m. at Windhorst Road and Corner Oaks Drive, a white man in a black truck approached a girl who was riding her bike. The man tried to entice the girl into his truck. She rode away, unharmed.

The man in that incident was driving a black truck with "graphic lines" on the side. The man had a teenage appearance, short blond hair and was wearing a tan shirt.

Anyone with information about these incidents or the suspect should call the Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or CrimeStoppers at 800-873-8477.


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