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Mail carrier accused of mail theft

Published January 5, 2007


A Pasco County postal carrier has been accused of stealing at least two credit cards from the mail and using them to by expensive goods. Daniel Torres, 48, was charged with two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. He was held Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail on $11,000 bail. The questionable purchases took place at the Lowe's home improvement warehouse on Little Road in New Port Richey. In one case, someone used a card to obtain a $584 dryer and four gift cards worth $300 each. In another, someone charged more than $3,600 worth of unspecified merchandise. When the cardholders got the bills, they were stunned - they'd never received the cards. Surveillance videos footage caught Torres' license plate, sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said, and one of the victims identified him as the mailman.

Man charged with molesting girl

A 20-year-old Plant City man is accused of molesting a child and infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease. Aaron Carvajal of 3504 Gentry Road was arrested at home shortly after midnight and charged with sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12, according to jail records. Carvajal was being held at the Orient Road Jail without bail late Thursday. All his prior Florida arrests are related to failing to have proper identification.

Wachovia Bank robbed in Pasco

A man robbed a Wachovia Bank near New Port Richey on Thursday, giving a teller a note and telling her to hurry up, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. The bank robbery took place shortly after 9 a.m. at the branch at 6013 State Road 54. The robber fled in a car with shiny rims with an undetermined amount of cash.

Plea deal made in fatal wreck

A Hernando woman charged in a car wreck that led to the death of a Floral City artist struck a deal with prosecutors Thursday that will keep her from getting the maximum prison sentence. Lorie M. Norris, 42, faced 20 years behind bars on charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving for the Sept. 19, 2004, crash that killed 86-year-old Anita Roy of Floral City.

[Last modified January 5, 2007, 01:34:27]

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