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Clearwater police investigate four armed robberies that may be related

CLEARWATER — Police are looking for several individuals who they say have committed four armed robberies since Sunday.

The two most recent robberies took place Wednesday night, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said.

In both instances, a woman pretended to have car trouble on the side of the road. When a driver stopped to assist her, a man came out of the shadows and robbed the victim at gunpoint. The first happened about 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of Court Street and the second about 11:15 p.m. in the 2500 block of Drew Street.

During the robbery on Drew Street, the victim was struck over the head with the gun, Watts said. He was not seriously injured.

In both instances, the man and woman drove away in a black Chevrolet Blazer, she said.

Police believe these two occurrences are related to two other robberies earlier this week, Watts said:

• At 2 a.m. Sunday, a woman and three men stopped a bicyclist on Memorial Causeway and asked for help fixing their car. They then pulled the man off his bicycle and robbed him, kicking and punching him in the process. The bicyclist did not sustain serious injuries.

• At 10 a.m. Monday, a man and woman in a black SUV pulled up to a man walking at 11 N Saturn Ave. and robbed him at gunpoint.

In all four robberies, the victims described the woman as white or Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old with black, curly shoulder-length hair, police said. She was described as about 5 foot 5 and 230 to 250 pounds. She spoke Spanish to the victims.

Clearwater police said the descriptions of the male robbers varied.

Martine Powers can be reached at (727) 445-4224 or mpowers@sptimes.com.

Clearwater police investigate four armed robberies that may be related 06/24/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 8:33pm]

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