Friday, May 25, 2018
Public safety

Man accused of damaging Clearwater stores, cars

CLEARWATER — A man went on an hourlong rampage Saturday in the city's downtown area, damaging several buildings and a few cars, police said.

Clearwater police arrested Leon Jones, a 62-year-old man authorities said is homeless, at 9:50 a.m. Saturday on five counts of criminal mischief.

According to an arrest report, Jones attacked two storefronts, doing more than $1,000 worth of damage at each. He also broke cable boxes and light fixtures at 215 S Myrtle Ave., home to Dr. Paul Rodeghero's dental practice.

When Rodeghero confronted Jones, "the defendant told the victim that he went into a fit of rage and started breaking things," according to the arrest report.

Jones moved on to 814 Franklin St., where he is accused of destroying phone lines and aluminum drainpipes, which police said he ripped off the building and tore apart. He also broke a fence board, signs and boxes protecting phone and cable wires, and the flag post at 203 S Myrtle Ave., police said.

His assault on two cars was considerably more minor, according to the report, which said he damaged mirrors on one vehicle and ripped off the license plate frame from another.

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