ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested a 32-year-old transient man after they say he took over the room of a previous guest at the Don CeSar Hotel and incurred over $3,000 worth of charges.
Deputies say they were called to the Don CeSar Hotel around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 after hotel personnel discovered the suspect's items in a prior guests' room. Deputies say the guest staying in the room was scheduled to check out and when hotel staff went to check on the room, they discovered luggage and a driver's license that did not match the original guest. Deputies say the license belonged to 32-year-old David Gordon Price.
While at the hotel, deputies made contact with Price's father who had come to the hotel to pick up Price's items. Deputies say the father had just bonded Price out of the Pinellas County Jail, after he had been arrested at 6:00 a.m. on May 31, 2014 by the St. Petersburg Police Department for Disorderly Intoxication, Providing a False Name or Identification to a Law Enforcement Officer, Petit Theft and a Warrant out of AlachuaCounty for Defrauding an Inkeeper.
Deputies say Price may have been in the room for about three to five days and may have incurred in excess of $3,000 worth of charges on the previous guests' credit card.