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Crime journal

Published July 27, 2007




It began on It ended with a 17-year-old girl facing felony charges. The teen and two other girls got into a fight Tuesday night on Parker Street in Zephyrhills. They "had issues with one another over comments made on," according to the Zephyrhills police report. Police wouldn't say what those comments were - but it took friends and relatives to break the battling girls apart. The 17-year-old started swinging a box cutter, injuring three people involved in the scuffle. Pasco Fire Rescue treated the victims at the scene. Police took the 17-year-old to Florida Hospital of Zephyrhills after she told police she was four months pregnant and had been kicked in the stomach. She told police she hadn't meant to cut anyone, according to the report. Zephyrhills police charged her with aggravated battery, a felony.


Crowbar used in coin laundry thefts

Police arrested a 29-year-old man who may be responsible for using a crowbar to break into dozens of coin machines in local laundries. Daniel Forro faces 17 counts of grand theft and criminal mischief. Undercover detectives saw him entering Betty's Coin Laundry at 8101 Fourth St. N early Thursday and use a crowbar to break into coin machines inside. Police also arrested two people who they said were Forro's accomplices: 32-year-old Daniel Lombardi, the lookout, and 21-year-old Tiffany Hazellief, who was waiting in a car. Police say Forro may be responsible for as many as 55 coin laundry thefts, and more charges may be pending. They say he may have taken about $3,000 and is responsible for over $30,000 in damage to the coin machines.


Man sentenced for Sam's jewelry heist

A judge Thursday sentenced the last of three men who stole a $263,000 diamond necklace from a Sam's Club retail store in Carrollwood. Steven Lee Lyles, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony grand theft. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ronald Ficarrotta sentenced the Tampa man as a youthful offender to 18 months in prison and three years' probation. Authorities said Lyles distracted a saleswoman while two other men smashed a jewelry case with a hammer and stole the necklace.


Man accused of two burglaries

An 18-year-old Brooksville man was arrested Thursday on 10 charges after authorities say he confessed to burglarizing two Weeki Wachee homes. In May and June, the Sheriff's Office says, Steven Ellis Leacock broke into a home on Finance Avenue and stole 218 collectible die-cast cars and a telescope, reports said. He then pawned the items for a combined $708 at Florida Pawn Brokers. The homeowner, who was away for a few weeks, found Leacock's work identification card in his home when he returned, arrest reports said. Leacock also is charged with stealing $1,300 worth of items from a Bass Road home. Investigators say Leacock told them he needed the money because he is homeless.

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