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Manager stole $26,000 in equipment, Clearwater police say


Manager stole $26K in goods, authorities say

A St. Petersburg man stole nearly $26,000 in audio-visual equipment over the course of more than a year, Clearwater police say. According to an arrest affidavit, Jose Alvira worked as a manager at Five-Star AudioVisual, which has an office at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater. While employed there, he stole items, then hocked them at six different pawn shops across the Tampa Bay area. The thefts were discovered when officials conducted an inventory of equipment, the affidavit says. Alvira, 50, admitted to the theft and assisted police in locating some unsold items at two pawn shops. He was arrested Wednesday on charges related to grand theft and three counts of dealing in stolen property. Alvira was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday on $20,000 bail.

Pill sales traced to motel room

A 25-year-old Oldsmar man was arrested early Thursday after Clearwater police received an anonymous tip that he was selling pills out of his motel room, authorities said. When police went to the Economy Inn at 20788 U.S. 19, they found 68.5 grams of methadone, 57.9 grams of oxycodone, 44 grams of Xanax, 4.8 grams of hydrocodone and a 9mm Intratec semi-automatic inside Troy J. Bowen's room. Bowen was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained Thursday evening in lieu of $155,000 bail.

Palm Harbor

Lend your voice to barbershop chorus

The Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires men's barbershop four-part harmony chorus invites all male singers to come and check out the group. The chorus meets every Monday at 6:45 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. Visit or call (727) 784-8052 for information.


Guardian ad Litem training coming up

Hundreds of volunteer Guardians ad Litem are needed to serve as a child's voice in court and the child welfare system. The average time needed is six to 10 hours a month. Registration is under way for the next training session on June 8. The program has volunteers working with a professional staff and an attorney to ensure that each child has a safe, caring and stable environment. Training will take place at the Pinellas Criminal Justice Center, 14250 49th St. N, in Clearwater. For more information or to register, call (727) 464-6528.

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Manager stole $26,000 in equipment, Clearwater police say 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 7:10pm]
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