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Elderly couple attacked and robbed in Clearwater home

CLEARWATER — Police were looking Wednesday for a man suspected of forcing his way into an elderly couple's home, battering both the husband and the wife, and stealing jewelry, a wallet and their vehicle.

The incident happened in the 2300 block of Shelley Street, in a residential area just north of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, about a mile west of U.S. 19.

According to police, the 83-year-old wife noticed a stranger loitering outside the couple's home at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. She alerted her 81-year-old husband, who opened the door to investigate.

The suspect, described as a 6-foot-2, 160-pound black or biracial man, about 30 years old, pushed the husband to the floor and entered the home, police said.

The man battered both the husband and the wife, took jewelry, and dragged the husband into a bathroom and locked him inside, police said. He also took the husband's wallet and car keys and fled in the couple's Ford Explorer.

The Explorer was recovered about 30 minutes later in the parking lot of a Sam's Club on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, police said, about a mile away from the couple's home. The husband and the wife were transported to a hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. Police did not release their names Wednesday because the suspect was still at large.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clearwater Police Department tip line at (727) 562-4422. Anonymous texts can also be sent with tip information to 847411 (tip411), and web tips can be submitted through www.clearwaterpolice.org or www.facebook.com/ClearwaterPolice.

Will Hobson can be reached at (727) 445-4167 or whobson@tampabay.com.

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