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Man arrested Clearwater Beach bag thefts

CLEARWATER

Man arrested after bags taken at beach

A 30-year-old Clearwater man was arrested Tuesday after police say he committed two thefts on Clearwater Beach. It's unclear whether these incidents are related to a rash of thefts reported earlier this month at Clearwater Beach. Joshua W. Timmons of 1606 Sherwood Drive took the belongings of two sets of beachgoers who left their bags unattended while swimming, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. The bags contained cameras, cell phones, jewelry and keys. Two witnesses saw Timmons steal the second bag, a chase ensued and a Clearwater police officer caught him, Watts said. The officer found stolen property from the first theft on Timmons and arrested him, Watts said. Timmons was charged with two counts of grand theft. He is being held in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $4,000 bail. Police are still investigating to determine whether Timmons was involved in four other beach thefts from June 10 to 14, Watts said.

SAFETY HARBOR

Alcohol may have had role in crash

A teenager involved in an accident with a Pinellas sheriff's deputy early Wednesday may have been drinking, authorities said. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Gabrielle Granata, 17, turned into the path of Deputy Robert Wojciechowski about 12:30 a.m. as she tried to make a right from the inside lane of State Road 580. The accident happened near McMullen-Booth Road. Wojciechowski, who was in the center lane in a marked cruiser, hit Granata's 1998 Toyota Camry. The crash caused only minor damage to the vehicles. Wojciechowski, 44, and Granata, of 1825 Carlton Drive in Clearwater, were both hospitalized with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening. Granata's two passengers — Teela Armstrong, 17, and Corey Lott, 18, both of Oldsmar — were also hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries. No charges have been filed. An investigation is ongoing.

LARGO

Driver hurt when car hits building

A vehicle driven by a 77-year-old man jumped a curb and crashed into a bank building Wednesday afternoon as he was trying to park, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Pinellas sheriff's deputies are investigating the accident, which was reported just before 4 p.m. at the Suntrust Bank branch at 3705 East Bay Drive. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Morton Plant Hospital with minor injuries he received when the air bag deployed.

Palm Harbor

Spots still open for summer camps

Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation still has openings in summer camps, including fishing, tennis, gymnastics, cheerleading and lacrosse. For information, visit the Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor, or call (727) 771-6000 or visit www.phrec.org.

Man arrested Clearwater Beach bag thefts 06/23/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:03pm]
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