60 thefts may be work of same vehicle burglar
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who it believes may be linked to as many as 60 vehicle burglaries in North Pinellas County, most in fitness center parking lots. The suspect is described as a man in his 30s. His vehicle is a dark-colored, newer model four-door compact. In surveillance photos, he is accompanied by a woman between the ages of 25 and 30. According to detectives, the suspect smashed out a window of a car in the parking lot of Lifestyle Family Fitness at 33652 U.S. 19 N in Palm Harbor about 6 p.m. March 11. He stole a purse and tried unsuccessfully to cash a check belonging to the victim at four different banks. Detectives think the suspect and/or his associates may be responsible for as many as 60 other similar "smash and grabs" between Sept. 30 and Nov. 26, 2008. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ken Sokolowski at (727) 582-6200 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.
Band to perform at St. Patrick's event
It's been 10 years since the rock band the Pundits performed at Club More on Franklin Street in downtown Clearwater. Although Club More closed in 2001, the Pundits will be back in town today for one night only. As part of the pre-St. Patrick's Day festivities at O'Keefe's Family Tavern & Grille, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., the four-man band, with front man Flash Gordon Williamson, will perform under the tent at 8 p.m., with the Shakes Society to follow.
Elementary named school of character
Fuguitt Elementary School of Largo has been named one of the 2009 State Schools of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Also named from Pinellas County was Seminole Elementary. The two schools will now move on as finalists for the National Schools of Character award. The honor deems the schools successful at 11 principles of effective character education. The Character Education Partnership chose 27 national finalists from 185 applicants nationwide. The organization will be conducting site visits to all of the finalists through April. The winners will be announced during the 2009 National Forum on Character Education, which will be in October in Washington, D.C.