NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFTS/WCMH) — A Florida man is in custody after sheriff’s deputies say he tied up two of his tenants and robbed them.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a report of a home invasion after victims said their landlord entered their home wearing a ski mask and brandishing a handgun.
“They knew him right off. They knew his voice, they knew his stature,” said Detective Todd Koenig.
The two women told police that 60-year-old Lynn Vineyard barged into their mobile home and demanded oxycodone pills, knowing that one of the tenants had a legal prescription. Police say Vineyard then bound the two women with zip ties and told them to stay where they were, threatening that “someone in the woods will shoot you” if they moved.
“They were terrified, didn’t want me to leave until they left the property,” Koenig told WFTS. “They thought he was going to come back and I assured them that he was going to jail.”
Deputies searched the property and found the gun and the oxycodone pills inside Vineyard’s house, not far from the mobile home on the same property.
Vineyard later told deputies that he was angry that the tenants were behind on rent and figured the only way to get the money was to steal the pills.