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Man's a serial video store robber, Clearwater police say

A surveillance photo shows the man police say robbed the video stores.

A surveillance photo shows the man police say robbed the video stores.

COUNTYWIDE

Police: He's a serial robber of video stores

The man who used a knife to rob a Clearwater Blockbuster video store Tuesday morning has been linked to three other recent video store holdups in Pinellas County, Clearwater police say. The most recent robbery took place at the Blockbuster at 2045 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. The robber handcuffed the store manager in a back room while he tried to get into the safe. Police said some customers might have had "indirect contact" with the robber because he struck just befo re the business was scheduled to open. On Wednesday police said they believe the same robber also held up:

• Hollywood Video at 1477 Main St. in Dunedin on June 23.

• Blockbuster Video at 13819 Walsingham Road in Largo on June 26.

• Blockbuster Video at 300 E Lake Road in East Lake on July 5.

Police described the robber as a clean-shaved black man 22 to 26 years old, about 6 feet 2, weighing 175 to 180 pounds and wearing his hair in a short Afro. He was wearing a blue dress shirt and khaki or gray pants. Police ask anyone with information to call (727) 562-4422.

LARGO

Ex-youth counselor gets 2 years in jail

A former youth counselor at Largo Wesleyan Church was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl he met while volunteering at the church. Matthew Crisostomo, 24, of Pinellas Park, was arrested in December on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery. Police began investigating him after the girl's mother learned of the relationship. Crisostomo pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of probation. He was designated a sexual offender and ordered to have no contact with the girl.

CLEARWATER

Sting leads to 11 arrests and drugs

After getting reports of increased prostitution and drug dealing in the Old Clearwater Bay, Skycrest, Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and the East Gateway areas, Clearwater police Tuesday and Wednesday ran a sting that resulted in 11 arrests and the seizure of 5.1 grams of crack cocaine. Nine women and two men were arrested on charges that included prostitution and drug possession, police said.

Bridal expo is a no-go

A bridal expo that had been scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 tonight at the Holiday Inn Select at 3535 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater has been canceled.

Pinellas deaths

Burdin, Thomas Jr.

Burke, David F.

Callaghan, Evelyn J.

Cohen, David S.

Hardy, Freddie M.

Hooper Matthew Leonard

Mahoney, Elizabeth L.

McGrath, Neal J.

Miller, Abraham

Regan, Carol Ann

Rego, Randy

Stevens, Belinda "Shamsi"

Wood, Alberta "Bert"

Young, Ralph A.

Man's a serial video store robber, Clearwater police say 07/23/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 4:47pm]

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