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Clearwater man accused of two thefts on beach

CLEARWATER — A 30-year-old Clearwater man was arrested Tuesday after police say he committed two thefts on Clearwater Beach.

It's unclear whether these incidents are related to a rash of thefts reported earlier this month at Clearwater Beach.

Joshua W. Timmons, of 1606 Sherwood Drive, took the belongings of two different sets of beachgoers who left their bags unattended while swimming, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said.

The bags contained cameras, cell phones, jewelry and keys.

Two witnesses saw Timmons steal the second bag, police said. The onlookers notified the bag's owners and followed Timmons as he walked down the beach. One of the victims chased after Timmons, who dropped the bag and kept running away, police said.

A Clearwater police officer stopped Timmons a few minutes later after he saw him fleeing. The officer found stolen property from the first theft on Timmons and arrested him, Watts said.

Timmons was charged with two counts of grand theft. He is being held at Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $4,000 bail.

Four other beach thefts were reported along the west side of Clearwater Beach on June 10-14. Police are still investigating to determine whether Timmons was involved in any of those incidents, Watts said.

Clearwater man accused of two thefts on beach 06/23/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:55pm]
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