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Three arrested in series of Burglaries
Quick-acting police officers were able to surround and capture three burglary suspects after witnesses reported seeing people in ski masks walking behind a home Thursday morning. The three are accused of burglarizing homes in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Jasmine Way and the 900 block of Jeffords Street, according to reports. Police said the suspects also had in their possession items stolen from two other burglarized homes. After they were in custody, two of the men offered an officer cash to let them go, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. Arrested were Harold Valerio-Acevedo, 20, charged with three counts of residential burglary, grand theft and bribery of a public official; Jamar Harvey, 22, charged with three counts of residential burglary, grand theft and bribery of a public official; and Justin Paulino, 19, charged with three counts of residential burglary and grand theft. The investigation is continuing.
Ex-Publix worker's 'joke' earns arrest
The sight was bound to attract attention: A man was reported traveling along a Clearwater street on a motorized grocery store shopping cart — the type used in the store by handicapped shoppers. An assistant manager from the Publix supermarket at U.S. 19 and Sunset Point Road chased down the cart about half a mile from the store and retrieved the equipment. Police charged Samuel Peter Sandilla Jr., 36, of Clearwater, with grand theft. According to a police report, Sandilla was a former Publix employee who had been told to stay away from the store. Police said Sandilla told them he took the cart as a practical joke.
Election qualifying begins today
The qualifying period for filing to run for the Safety Harbor City Commission in the Jan. 31 election begins at noon today and continues until noon Nov. 29. Three seats on the five-member commission are up for election. To run, a candidate must submit a minimum of 100 signatures from qualified electors of the city, and the signatures must be verified before the qualifying period ends. Candidate forms are available from the city clerk. Call (727) 724-1555 for information. The deadline to register to vote in the city election is Jan. 3.
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