Crime journal

Published April 3, 2007

Low-key robber hits 4 Pinellas banks 

ST. PETERSBURG - With unassuming methods, one man has managed to rob four banks from Dunedin to St. Petersburg during March. Cpl. Paul Martin of the Pinellas County sheriff's robbery unit calls the culprit "a covert robber." "He just gets lost in plain sight," Martin said. The man doesn't wear much in the way of distinctive garb. He's worn orange-tinted sunglasses and a long-sleeved dark-colored "Orange County Choppers" T-shirt. Investigators say he's a white man who's 6 feet tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He looks about 30 to 35 years old and wears his hair in a ponytail, sometimes tucking it under a baseball cap. He has suggested that he has a weapon, but never displayed one. The bank robber began his series of crimes March 6 by robbing a Wachovia Bank at 3131 66th St. N in St. Petersburg, authorities said. Two days later, he stole from a Bank of America at 5701 38th Ave. N. The robber waited five days before hitting a Wachovia Bank at 1483 Main St. in Dunedin. Finally, on March 29, he robbed a Bank of America at 10900 Seminole Blvd.


Man injured during home invasion

DADE CITY - Three men are at large after breaking into 28-year-old Luis Armando Camarena's home at 15133 Lee Ave. on Sunday. At 10 p.m., deputies got a call about a shooting and arrived at Camarena's home to find a trail of blood from the bedroom to the front door, and Camarena sitting outside with an injury above his left eye. X-rays indicated it came from the blow of a pistol butt. Camarena was sent to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. He could not provide a detailed description of the attackers. They were last seen heading south on Lee Avenue in a white Chevrolet Impala with an unknown tag.


Woman charged in boyfriend's death

MOON LAKE - A 56-year-old woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend Thursday was charged Monday with second-degree murder. Authorities say Linda Callam stabbed Paul Pullins, 51, in the chest with a kitchen knife at their 10031 Windel St. home in New Port Richey. After the stabbing, Callam told detectives that Pullins abused her and that she stabbed him in self-defense. Callam was injured - she had a broken left hand - but authorities concluded the injuries came from another incident that didn't involve Pullins. Callam was being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center.


If the evidence fits, book 'em

LARGO - Justin C. Stepp, 22, of Seminole was driving wildly on U.S. 19, police said. He drove over curbs, hit a concrete wall and crashed into a police cruiser before bailing out and running away, they said. Officers tracked him to the Columns at Allens Creek apartment complex, 2554 Oak Trail S. Police then compared the one shoe Stepp was wearing with one they recovered. A perfect match, they said. Stepp was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $21,750 bail.