Pasco sheriff warns about possible danger of offering money to panhandlers

David Blum was charged with burglary of an occupied vehicle. Pasco County Jail booking photo

HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to be cautious when stopping your car to offer money to panhandlers, after a man was accused of stealing a female victim’s credit cards and cash.

Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office say David Blum, age 35, was recently panhandling at the intersection of US 19 and Beacon Woods Drive in Hudson.

The victim was was stopped in her vehicle at the intersection and offered to give Blum $5.

Investigators say Blum approached the car, leaned into the window and removed the victim’s credit cards and cash from the center console of her vehicle. Blum ran off, but was located at a homeless camp after the incident.

Deputies arrested Blum and charged him with burglary of an occupied vehicle. 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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