Police seek help to catch pair in auto burglaries
Police are hoping the public can help identify a man and woman who may be linked to more than 20 smash-and-grab vehicle burglaries. The two steal checks from purses or briefcases left in plain view, then cash them at banks in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. The man and woman, and possibly some acquaintances, are targeting vehicles at day care facilities, churches or businesses with on-site day care, Watts said. They are believed to be responsible for at least 21 vehicle burglaries in Clearwater since the end of January. Watts said people should be careful not to leave valuables in their car. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearwater Police Department tip line at (727) 562-4080, ext. 2.
Man sought in bank robbery
Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a Wachovia Bank at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon. According to Pinellas County sheriff's deputies, the man went into the bank at 1551 S Belcher Road shortly after 1:30 p.m., flashed a silver semiautomatic handgun and demanded cash from a teller. The man fled, possibly in a red vehicle, after the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, the Sheriff's Office said. No one was injured. The suspect is described as a black man in his mid 30s, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds with a slender build. He had a full beard and was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a maroon hooded jacket and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Detective Jeremy Nygren at (727) 582-6200, or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers, toll free at 1-800-873-8477.
Class is set for pit bull, pit bull mixes
The SPCA Tampa Bay preps pit bulls and pit bull mixes for their Canine Good Citizen test. A 10-step Canine Good Citizen certification class will be offered Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. All dogs who pass the test receive a certificate. The certification testing fee is $10. For information, call (727) 586-3591, ext. 167.