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Bar closed? Clearwater cops say that didn't stop burglar's search for a drink

Published Oct. 9, 2014


A homeless man is accused of breaking into a Clearwater Beach establishment because he was looking for another drink.

Peter M. Clark, 27, broke into a cabinet containing a small refrigerator in the patio of Crabby's Bar & Grill at 333 S Gulfview Blvd. on Sept. 26, Clearwater police said.

"He was very intoxicated and wanted to get something to drink," an officer noted in an arrest affidavit. "He knew the business was closed."

Clark was jailed on a burglary charge.


Suspected thief leaves blood on pillows

A 49-year-old man who accidentally hurt himself while stealing from Walmart decided to clean his wound with other store items, police said.

Mitchell Eugene Thomas cut his finger while opening the packaging of a portable radio at the Largo store at 2677 Roosevelt Blvd. on Sunday, according to an arrest affidavit.

"Defendant then went into the home furnishing (area) and wiped his blood on three throw pillows." an officer wrote.

The radio and ruined pillows were valued at $71.34.

Thomas was jailed on a charge of petty theft.


Screamer wanted to go to jail. Wish granted

A drunken man who asked officers to arrest him got his wish, police said.

Terry Butler, 27, drank four beers Saturday night and was told by residents of an apartment complex on Seacrest Drive to leave.

"Offender refused to leave and started screaming as loud as he could that he wanted to go jail," an officer wrote in an arrest affidavit. "He walked away screaming, disturbing the peace of those in the complex."

In the end, the officer arrested Butler on charges of trespassing and disorderly intoxication.

Compiled by Laura C. Morel, Times staff writer.