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Deputies arrest three in connection with Palm Harbor car burglaries

Christopher Rinehart, 19, of Clearwater is facing burglary, and loitering and prowling charges.

Christopher Rinehart, 19, of Clearwater is facing burglary, and loitering and prowling charges.

PALM HARBOR — A man and two children suspected of burglarizing cars in the Spanish Oaks neighborhood were arrested Thursday, deputies said.

A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy spotted 19-year-old Christopher Rinehart of Clearwater and two 16-year-olds suspiciously leaving the neighborhood early Thursday. The deputy linked items in Rinehart's backpack to multiple burglaries in the area, deputies said.

Rinehart subsequently admitted to committing another burglary in August, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Rinehart was charged with eight counts of burglary and a count of loitering and prowling. He remained in Pinellas County Jail on Friday in lieu of $40,250.

One 16-year-old, who is not being identified by the Times because of his age, was charged with seven counts of burglary and a count of grand theft.

He and the other 16-year-old, whose name deputies did not release, were taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center.

Deputies arrest three in connection with Palm Harbor car burglaries 09/20/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:12am]
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