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Two arrested in string of Clearwater armed robberies

CLEARWATER — Police officers arrested two men Monday night and accused them of robbing two people at gunpoint and attempting to rob one more.

Adam McGrath, 25, of 317 S Hillcrest Ave., and Nicholas Hellman, 28, of 1400 Gulf Blvd., No. 406, were each charged with three counts of armed robbery after their car was stopped by Clearwater police.

The first incident happened around 11:15 p.m. Monday at 1453 Evergreen Ave. Witnesses told police that an armed masked man got out of a car and approached a woman standing in the home's front yard. Before he could get to her, witnesses called out to the man, who then left in the car, driven by another man.

About a half-hour later, police got a report of an armed robbery at 1471 Franklin St. An armed masked man got out of a car and robbed two people at gunpoint, taking a wallet and purse and fleeing. The suspects and vehicle descriptions matched that of the first robbery.

At almost midnight, an officer spotted and stopped the suspected getaway car, a light green Ford station wagon, at Sunset Woods Court and Seton Drive, near North Highland Avenue. Police found a replica firearm, mask and gloves inside and seized the car. McGrath and Hellman were taken into custody without incident.

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