Daniel Albert Neja, 39, was arrested on Sunday
A homeless man lived in the luxury suite at the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer stadium for two weeks undetected after sneaking in with a cleaning crew then setting up home inside.
Daniel Albert Neja, 39, was arrested on Sunday after being caught by a cleaning crew in the stadium.
He had stolen more than $1,000 in clothes from the merchandise store and drunk $250 worth of alcohol before being caught.
He had been living in the stadium since July 26 when, according to a police report, he blended in with cleaning crews to get inside.
Once they left, he stayed behind and went undisturbed for more than two weeks.
Neja was arrested on charges of burglary and resisting an officer. He is being held on a $5,000 bond
Neja was found inside of the luxury suites at the Al Lang Stadium in Tampa. He’d been sleeping under blankets
Neja had been eating food and drinking from the concession stands in the stadium
For food, Neja pillaged concession stands. He wore clothes from the merchandise store worth a total of $1,043.
He was discovered finally by a cleaning crew on Sunday, who found his blankets, razors and shaving foam.
He was dressed entirely in Rowdies clothing.
Neja was arrested on charges of burglary and resisting an officer without violence. He is now being held in the Pinellas County Jail on a $5,000 bail.
St Petersburg Police Chief Yolanda Fernandez said of his arrest: ‘A cleaning crew went into one of these suites that no one had gone into for some time due to COVID-19 and noticed there were blankets and shaving cream and a razor.
‘Clearly it appeared someone had been living there.
‘He went into the merchandise store, he went into the food area.
‘So he was wearing the merchandise and just helping himself to the food.’
A suite in the stadium is seen above. When Neja was finally found he was dressed entirely in Rowdies clothing
The Al Lang Stadium in Tampa, where Neja was holed up for more than two weeks