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Authorities offer reward related to marble, paintball peltings in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — Authorities are now offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the people they say have been pelting cars, businesses and people with marbles, paintballs and other items.

Clearwater police recently asked for the public's help in the search for a group of people responsible for at least 26 criminal mischief cases since September. Several businesses, including a nail shop and tattoo parlor, were targeted last weekend.

Crime Stoppers of Pinellas is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest, officials said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating several criminal mischief incidents that follow a similar pattern. Those suspects also shot marbles at cars and businesses, said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

Sheriff's detectives say they have been called to 19 such incidents since Aug. 5 in areas throughout North Pinellas. The most recent occurred last weekend in Dunedin and unincorporated Clearwater.

Clearwater police have said they believe the group was riding around in three vehicles: a dark truck with a metal upright rack on the tailgate, a white truck, and a gold four-door pickup with tinted windows and a railing on each side.

Authorities believe the driver of the gold truck is a heavyset white male, approximately 26 years old who is 5 feet 10 inches tall. They believe he weighs about 250 pounds and has short black hair and a full beard.

Anyone with information about the Clearwater cases is asked to call police at (727) 562-4080 (press 2). People also can text 847411, or submit information at clearwaterpolice.org or the department's Facebook page.

Anyone with information about the Sheriff's Office incidents is asked to call Sgt. Charles Degenhardt at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at (727) 893-8643 or kstanley@sptimes.com.

Authorities offer reward related to marble, paintball peltings in Clearwater 11/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 6:14pm]
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