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Clearwater police search for burglary, auto theft suspect

Clearwater police search Monday for Genautry A. Pressley, 22, near Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard after the suspect escaped on foot.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Clearwater police search Monday for Genautry A. Pressley, 22, near Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard after the suspect escaped on foot.

CLEARWATER — Police are looking for a suspect who was able to elude them during a manhunt Monday along Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard that involved police dogs and a helicopter.

Genautry A. Pressley, 22, is wanted on charges of armed burglary and grand theft auto.

Investigators say he held an acquaintance — Glenn Humphreys, 39 — at gunpoint in Humphreys' home Monday afternoon and also stole his car.

Police gave the following account:

Pressley went into Humphreys' home around 2:30 p.m. Monday and held him at gunpoint for about an hour, demanding cash. Police say the two know each other, and they believe the incident is drug related.

Pressley left in Humphreys' car, leaving a shotgun behind. Humphreys called police, after which Pressley called back demanding money again. After Humphreys said he would try to cash a $50 bond and check, he tipped off police, who found Pressley waiting for Humphreys at a Wachovia Bank at 2363 Gulf-to-Bay.

Pressley got away by running into a mobile home park behind the bank. Police officers were soon on the scene. They set up a perimeter around the area and brought in dogs and a helicopter, but Pressley has yet to be found.

Pressley spent 21 days in the Pinellas County Jail last year for a marijuana conviction. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Clearwater police anonymously by texting their tip to 847411 or by calling (727) 562-4080.

Clearwater police search for burglary, auto theft suspect 02/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:44pm]
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