Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Tarpon Springs man held for taking ring, Christmas presents

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TARPON SPRINGS – Frisco Dillon Serrao gave his girlfriend Hannah Elizabeth Mackay a diamond ring seven days before Christmas.

The trouble was, it wasn’t Serrao’s ring.

He pilfered it from a neighbor’s house during a burglary the day before, along with other pieces of jewelry, guitars, a 51-inch Samsung plaza TV, a dog bed and numerous wrapped Christmas presents, according to court documents.

The documents say Serrao hid some of the stolen items in a different neighbor’s yard, under an avocado tree, and when asked about it, said they were presents for his own loved ones.

Serrao, 18, of 1323 Castleworks Lane, was arrested Dec. 18, the day after authorities say he burglarized the home of Andrew John Harrison and Kasey Amanda Mullins, two houses away at 1319 Castleworks Lane. He faces charges of dealing in stolen property, burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, and false verification of ownership.

Harrison told Tarpon Springs police he had been gone only a couple of hours when he returned and found his things and gifts missing.

The next morning, Tommy Gregory, who lives at 1321 Castleworks Lane, between Serrao and Harrison, called police to say he saw Serrao in his back yard the previous night moving three guitar cases. Later that night, Serrao returned to Gregory’s back yard as if looking for something. Gregory went out, and saw a pile of wrapped Christmas presents and a dog bed.

Serrao took them and told Gregory, “In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been hiding things in your back yard,” the court documents state.

The next day, Gregory spoke with Shawn Serrao about his brother’s suspicious behavior, and said Shawn stated his brother had stolen the items during a burglary,

By the afternoon, Harrison knew Frisco Serrao was a suspect in the burglary at his home. When he saw Serrao leave his house and hop on a red scooter, Harrison followed him.

Serrao rode the scooter to Dan’s Pawn Shop, and Harrison called police, documents stay. By the time police arrived, Serrao had initiated pawn transactions for a gold and tanzanite ring, diamond stud earrings, gold hoop earrings, a diamond pendant necklace, and a Swarovski necklace — all for $70, the documents state.

A pawn shop employee said Serrao earlier had tried to pawn three guitars, the documents state.

Detectives then went to Serrao’s home. His girlfriendhanded over a diamond ring, which Harrison identified as one of the numerous things taken from his home. Shawn Serrao handed over two black encased guitars, also taken during the burglary.

There also was a large television in Serrao’s bedroom that was taken from Harrison, the documents state.

Harrison was still missing another guitar and a guitar case, and an assortment of other items including a dog bed, a floral tea cup, a purple ceramic bird ornament, a spatula with a snowflake pattern, gold toe socks, a keyboard vacuum, Reef sandals, a Fossil watch, and a wooden box containing a chess set and British pounds, documents state.

Detectives served a search warrant at Serrao’s home to find the remaining missing items, but only found the dog bed and the televison.

Serrao had told police the “rest of the stuff” wasn’t at his home.

sthompson@tampatrib.com. (727) 215-6504.

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