Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

Man steals TV while riding skateboard through Clearwater Target (video)

Police are looking for a man who stole a TV from a Clearwater SuperTarget on Wednesday night and escaped by rolling through the store on a skateboard.

According to a news release, the unusual heist took about three minutes and happened like this:

The man walked in about 11 p.m., as the store was closing, and headed for the electronics section.

He grabbed a 32-inch Element LCD television and hopped onto his skateboard, riding through part of the store with the television in his hands. A store worker confronted him near an exit, but he showed her a utility knife and ran out the door toward Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. Then he hopped back onto his skateboard.

"He last was seen zipping eastbound on the major thoroughfare," the release said.

He was described as a white male in his 20s with a thin build, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, green Nike sneakers and a black backpack.

The make, model and year of the skateboard aren't known, police said, but it was brown with orange-yellow wheels. They've released a video of the robbery in hopes of tracking him down.

"He gets an A for creativity," Clearwater police Detective John Brown said. "But he committed a serious crime, and we need to find him."

Anyone with information on who the robbery and aggravated assault suspect is should call Clearwater police at (727) 562-4242.

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