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Police arrest man, two teens in armed robbery at sports field

By Times Staff
Published September 29, 2004

CLEARWATER - A man and two boys face armed robbery charges after Clearwater police said they beat a man with baseball bats and took his wallet and cell phone near the DiMaggio sports complex early Tuesday morning.

The three lured the 20-year-old victim to a field in the 2400 block of Drew Street, then beat him and took the items, arrest reports state. The suspects left, then called the victim later and told him to return to the field, police spokesman Wayne Shelor said.

The victim called police, who went to the field and arrested three suspects. Joshua G. Gunn, 26, of Clearwater was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on an armed robbery charge. He was being held Tuesday evening in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The two boys, Matthew Bobryk, 17, and Kyle Eylward, 16, both of Clearwater, also face armed robbery charges, police said. Shelor said he did not know the relationship between the victim and suspects.

Bookkeeper accused of stealing from heating and air business

CLEARWATER - A bookkeeper for a Clearwater company has been arrested on suspicion she stole thousands of dollars from the business. Kristyne E. Parks, 56, was arrested Monday on charges of grand theft and scheming to defraud. She was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Police say Parks stole the money from November till August while she worked at Bayside Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

The company, which is conducting an audit, has found she stole nearly $8,000 to date, though Parks admitted to police that she stole about $25,000, arrest reports state. Parks told police she made personal purchases on company credit cards a month or two after she started working at the business.

In 2001, Parks also was charged with grand theft and forgery, to which she pleaded no contest and received 18 months' probation. A year later, she was arrested on worthless check charges. She pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay restitution.

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