Report: Florida man arrested after living in luxury suites of pro soccer stadium

Jack Baer
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A homeless man in St. Petersburg, Fla. was arrested on Sunday after he was discovered using a luxury suite at Al Lang Stadium, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Rose Wong.

A cleaning crew reportedly realized something was amiss when they discovered razors, blankets and shaving cream containers in the suite. A subsequent surveillance video review revealed Daniel Albert Neja, 39, entering the food and merchandise stores of the stadium, which is primarily used by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship.

Footage reportedly showed that Neja had been in the facility since July 26. Police suspect he may have entered the stadium by blending in with a cleaning crew.

Neja was likely able to stay in the stadium as long as he did because cleaning and maintenance of the stadium had been limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the arrest report, Neja had reportedly taken $1,043 worth of clothing and consumed $250 in drinks.

Neja reportedly faces charges of burglary and resisting an officer without violence, and was held in the Pinellas County jail on Thursday in lieu of $5,150 in bail.

FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: general overview before the test match between Hertha BSC and Eintracht Frankfurt at Al Lang Stadium on January 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jan-Philipp Burmann/City-Press GmbH via Getty Images)
Al Lang Stadium reportedly had an unknown tenant. (Photo by Jan-Philipp Burmann/City-Press GmbH via Getty Images)

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