Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Safety Harbor chase ends with arrest of accused pharmacy robber

SAFETY HARBOR — A car chase ended Thursday with the arrest of a man wanted in connection with several pharmacy robberies, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies in Pinellas and Pasco Counties, along with police in Clearwater and Pinellas Park, had been looking for Joseph Thomas Young for the past week in connection with several robberies at local pharmacies, authorities said. Deputies caught up with him at about 3 p.m. Thursday in Safety Harbor, where he sped off in a car.

The chase stretched to the intersection of U.S. 19 and Enterprise Road, where Young lost control and crashed, deputies said. He tried to run away, but deputies caught up and arrested him.

A BB gun and numerous prescription pills were found inside the car, deputies said. He admitted that the pills were stolen during the robberies.

Young, 37, was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on several charges, including armed robbery, grand theft auto, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and possession of a controlled substance. He remained jailed Friday on $467,900 bail.

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