Crime Journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 31, 2008


Officers seize marijuana crop from house

Pasco County sheriff's detectives seized 48 large marijuana plants from a grow house Wednesday at 12509 Canton Drive in Hudson. Detectives, acting on a tip, seized 182 plants from the elaborate indoor operation. Detective Abe Carmack said that many of the large plants were twice the size of a typical plant, with some as tall as the ceiling. The street value of the plants, which were growing in the garage and pantry, is estimated at $200,000, spokesman Doug Tobin said. At least one arrest is pending.


Mansion fire was arson, officials say

A fire that destroyed a $3.4-million lakefront mansion in East Lake was intentionally set, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is continuing, officials said. The fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday at 3723 Mullenhurst Drive in the Myrtle Point at Lansbrook development. The home, which officials said had been vacant for as much as two to three years, is owned by Gregory Leonberg, 49, of Morrestown, N.J., and Loretta Leonberg, 37, of Tampa, who are divorcing.


Couple arrested in Mich. carjacking

A Michigan couple were arrested in Pinellas County in connection with a carjacking that took place in their hometown earlier this week, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. OnStar, a security system in cars that uses satellites, tracked the stolen rental vehicle to Pinellas County. Deputies arrested Dennis L. Holbrook, 35, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Skoda, 19, near 49th Street and 126th Avenue in Pinellas Park on Tuesday. Deputies say the episode started after a fight between Holbrook and the victim, Tammy J. Foondle, 35, over the vehicle's use. Foondle of 1220 McCallister St. in Benton Harbor, Mich., lived with Skoda, according to the Sheriff's Office. Holbrook was held on one count of carjacking and Skoda for grand theft auto.