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Woman arrested in series of armed robberies

CLEARWATER — A 20-year-old woman is accused of conspiring with two men to commit a string of armed robberies early Saturday morning.

Kimberly Jane Shawley, who has an address in the 3000 block of Pine Street in Largo and is also listed as a transient from Clearwater, was charged Monday with principal to armed robbery.

According to an arrest report, Shawley approached a man in the 1400 block of Cleveland Street about 5:30 a.m. and distracted him as the two men approached. The victim, who was not identified, told Clearwater police that the two men pointed semi-automatic handguns at him and demanded his money.

The two suspects rifled through the man's pockets and stole a cell phone, a set of keys and about $50 in cash, according to the report. Then the two men and Shawley ran away.

The man later identified Shawley as the woman who was involved, the report says.

Clearwater police said the details of that robbery are very similar to five other robberies reported between 2:30 a.m. and 5:40 a.m.

In several of the cases, victims said the suspects were in a red Mazda3. Shawley was driving a red Mazda3 when she was arrested, police said.

Victims in the other cases gave matching descriptions of the suspects, police said.

The arrest report does not list the names of the other suspects and it was not clear Wednesday if they had been apprehended.

Shawley has previous convictions on charges of cocaine possession, obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, and trespassing, according to Pinellas County court records.

She pleaded guilty to battery in June and has a pending charge for possession of a controlled substance from a March arrest, court records show.

Woman arrested in series of armed robberies 08/03/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 7:18pm]
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