Tree trimmers arrested for burglary

Jewelry, cash, watches among stolen items

PORT RICHEY, Fla. - When Todd Winters walked into his Port Richey home on Monday, he found the place ransacked.

"They tore my whole bed apart. They tore the dressers apart. The closets, everything was thrown out on to the floor," said Winters.

The burglars took cash and jewelry, and most disturbing to Todd, a silver watch given to his great grandfather by the emperor of China.

"I've had it for about 50 years, since he passed away.  And I was very upset that it was missing," said Winters.

But now Todd might get that watch and some of his other possessions back, after authorities arrested two men.

They say Jeffrey Goldsnider and Christopher Orshal were posing as tree trimmers in the Gulf Harbors neighborhood.

They had a white truck with a "Trim Plus"  sign on the side. But detectives say they weren't licensed and used the business as a ploy to see which houses were best to steal from.

With Todd gone at the time, his home was a perfect target.

"It was awful.  I really didn't sleep that night.  I was worried they would come back," said Winters.

"There's been a bit of a spike in the area. There's been a lot of work going on in the area.  Trucks, vehicles in and out doesn't look odd at this time," said Port Richey police officer Jerry DeCanio.

Police say thieves pose as everything from roofers to contractors trying to rip people off. They say always ask for ID and be very sure before you let anyone into your house.

In this case, at least two of Todd's neighbors were also burglarized, and investigators are also looking into the possibility the suspects might have also pulled the same act in Hernando and Citrus Counties..

Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim is asked to call the Pasco Sheriff's Office at 727-844-7711.

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