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Clearwater police arrest man, teenager in burglary

CLEARWATER — Two men accused of burglarizing a vacant Sears Essentials were arrested early Monday after an extensive search using dogs and a helicopter unit.

Mark Lawrence Trump, 31, and Stanley Joseph William Berman, 16, both of Clearwater were seen at the vacant store, at 2130 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, just before 1 a.m., police said.

Police established a perimeter around the store while canine units hunted for the suspects and a helicopter team from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office circled overhead.

As one of the police dogs checked the building, Trump ran from the structure and hid under a plastic tarp behind the store on the 400 block of Nimbus, officials said. He was arrested shortly thereafter.

Berman also tried to flee, but was apprehended just outside the building when he was confronted by another police dog, according to Clearwater Police.

Trump faces charges of burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Berman faces charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and obstruction of justice.

Police discovered burglary tools, including a mask and gloves, at the scene. They took a red 2003 Saturn sedan into custody.

Trump has been arrested on similar charges in the past, according to jail records. In October, he was charged with four counts of grand theft, burglary and dealing in stolen goods.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8804.

Clearwater police arrest man, teenager in burglary 05/21/12 [Last modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 7:44am]
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