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Three men accused of Clearwater Beach car thefts

Three men suspected of burglarizing cars in Clearwater Beach were found hiding in the bushes and arrested Saturday morning.

Clearwater police say a man looking out from the balcony of a hotel saw Kristopher Bernard, Zacerie Richardson and Travis Reed acting suspiciously in the 600 block of Mandalay Avenue. Shortly after 6 a.m., while the witness was on the phone with police, one of the suspects entered a car parked at 650 Mandalay Ave.

Officers found the three men trying to hide in bushes on the southwest corner of Baymont Street and Poinsettia Avenue. The three men, who are between the ages of 19 and 22, are from Illinois.

On them, they had a backpack full of GPS systems, loose change, cellphones and other things typically found in a car, police spokeswoman Joelle Castelli said.

Through their investigation, police determined there were multiple victims. Then more Clearwater Beach residents awoke Saturday to find property stolen from their cars. Clearwater police are asking victims to report these crimes at (727) 562-4242.

Three men accused of Clearwater Beach car thefts 12/28/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 28, 2013 9:12pm]

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