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Police say man ate stolen chicken in Publix restroom

CLEARWATER

Police: Man ate stolen chicken in Publix restroom, faces theft charge

Officers last week arrested a 35-year-old man who was accused of taking a chicken from the deli area of a Publix and then eating it inside a restroom, an arrest report states.

Video surveillance at the store on Belcher Road captured Toby Howard of Clearwater entering the restroom with the chicken that he had not paid for. An employee later found an open package of chicken.

Howard also is accused of stealing a pack of Gillette razors, which he left in the back seat of a police car.

He was jailed on a charge of retail theft.

CLEARWATER

Man accused of stealing from Walmart so he can go to jail to avoid homelessness

Ronald Hartshorn was tired of living on the street, so he sat outside a Walmart "until he formulated a plan to go to jail," according to an arrest report.

Hartshorn, 27, entered the store at 23106 U.S. 19 and stuffed DVDs, clothing and bug spray into a stolen backpack and left Walmart.

He was arrested Aug. 18 on a charge of retail theft.

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Deputies say man mailed drugs to jail inmate to help with her withdrawal, sleep

A 36-year-old man is accused of concealing Xanax in a greeting card he mailed to a Pinellas County Jail inmate, deputies said.

A mail clerk discovered the white powdery substance July 30. When interviewed by detectives, Charles Lawless of Seffner admitted to sending the drug to his fiancee, who is at the jail, because she is going through withdrawals and needs the medication to sleep, an arrest report states.

"The defendant further stated he was 'high' when he put the Xanax in the card," a deputy wrote, "and now realizes he should not have done it."

Lawless was jailed on charges of drug possession and introducing contraband into a detention facility.

Compiled by Laura C. Morel, Times staff writer

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