Pinellas porch pirate suspects appear before judge

St. Petersburg Police Department photo

Clearwater, FL (WFLA) – A Pinellas County couple accused of stealing packages from people’s porches, crashing their car and using their infant son as a shield, made an appearance before a judge today.

Porch pirate suspects appear before judge
Porch pirate suspects appear before judge
Derick Corbett and Cassandra Cole. Pinellas County Jail booking photos
Derick Corbett and Cassandra Cole. Pinellas County Jail booking photos

23-year-old Derick Markis Corbett appeared by phone and 21 Year old Casandra Sue-Lynn Cole by closed circuit tv before Judge Thane Covet on a variety of charges.

Both were granted bond. Corbett faces several charges including aggravated child abuse, three counts of residential burglary and fleeing and eluding. His bond for all of his charges is $85,000. He will also have to wear a GPS ankle monitor, 24 hours a day. Cole’s is charged with aggravated child abuse and three counts of residential burglary. Her total bond on al charges is $35,000.

According to St. Petersburg police,  at about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, they  received a call  of a man taking packages from the front porch of a residence in the 400 block of 9 Avenue NE. When an officer arrived on the scene the male suspect, now identified as Corbett,  fled to a car occupied by a Cole,  and sped away from the scene.

A few moments later, the couple  was involved in a crash at 5th Avenue North and 1st Street with another car.  Immediately after the accident, police say, the suspects ran from the car carrying the baby,  which had a visible head injury as a result of the crash.


St. Pete porch pirate crash

Officers converged on the area the two suspects  were found hiding in some vegetation in the 200 block of 5th Avenue North. When confronted by officers, the male suspect held the infant out in front of him as if to use it as a shield against the officers.  The baby is in the hospital with brain bleeding. Corbett is also in the hospital with a head injury. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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