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Surveillance operation leads Pinellas deputies to armed robbery suspect

DUNEDIN — Authorities asked the public Tuesday to help identify a man they believed committed a string of armed robberies in North Pinellas over the past 10 days.

Turns out, they didn't need help.

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested 36-year-old Corey Cornell Donaldson of Largo on Wednesday. He was charged with two counts of armed robbery and driving while his license was suspended or revoked.

Detectives noticed a pattern to the robberies and set up surveillance Wednesday at locations in Dunedin and Clearwater, the Sheriff's Office said.

During that operation, deputies saw a white Cadillac driving slowly through business parking lots.

The man behind the wheel matched a description of the robber, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies pulled the car over in Dunedin and found Donaldson was driving on a suspended license.

After the arrest, detectives found evidence that connected Donaldson to two robberies in Dunedin, deputies said.

Authorities declined to discuss what the evidence was or other details about the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

Wednesday's charges are related to the Dunedin robberies at Munchee's Store on Union Street on Oct. 26 and Dodge Store on Patricia Avenue on Oct. 27.

Authorities said they think the same man who committed those robberies was also responsible for two robberies in Clearwater at the Dollar General on N Myrtle Avenue on Oct. 20 and another at a Walgreens drugstore at 1505 S Belcher Road on Monday.

Clearwater police are investigating those cases and additional charges are pending, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor.

Donaldson, of 301 Belcher Road, No. 3502, Largo, pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal use of identification in 2006 and was later sentenced to six months in jail to be served on work release, according to Pinellas court records.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Donaldson was being held in the Pinellas County Jail. No bail had been set.

Surveillance operation leads Pinellas deputies to armed robbery suspect

11/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 7:42pm]
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