By TIMES WIRES
Published May 23, 2007
MAN ARRESTED IN LONG STRING OF CAR BREAK-INS
Clearwater police Tuesday arrested an unemployed former lawn maintenance worker in the investigation of 60 to 70 car burglaries. Police said Robert O'Conner, 44, confessed to six of the burglaries, which occurred within two months and within one square mile. On Monday night, a team of Clearwater officers watched O'Conner as he walked out of his apartment at 1328 Tioga Ave. in Clearwater. With a bag on his back, he hopped on his bicycle and took off down the street. It didn't take long before he was going through a yard he shouldn't have entered, Stewart said. After police arrested him, found the contents of other people's vehicles in his bag. O'Conner is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $70, 500 bail.
Patrol says deputy didn't cause crash
A Clearwater man who was critically injured in a car crash Monday on Clearwater-Largo Road appears to have been at fault, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. At 2:28 p.m., Raymond Kimbler, 67, was going south on Myrtle Avenue in his Mercury Capri when he tried to make a left onto Clearwater-Largo Road, troopers said. That put Kimbler in the path of a northbound Toyota Camry driven by Clearwater police Detective Rich Kelly. The result was a crash that sent Kimbler to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. On Tuesday, he was listed in critical condition. Kelly, 37, was treated at Morton Plant Hospital and released.
Deputy fired over faked prescriptions
A Pasco County sheriff's deputy was fired Monday after his wife was charged with writing fake prescriptions for painkillers at the pharmacy where she worked. Kimberly Paige Cohen, 33, was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. From July 2005 to January 2007, she wrote nearly 90 fake prescriptions and made off with about 16, 600 pills. She raised the suspicions of Publix internal security, who forwarded the case to the Sheriff's Office. She told investigators she had used some pills to feed her own addiction, given some to her ailing in-laws and given others to her husband, who had recurring pain from a motorcycle crash. Mr. Cohen denied what his wife said. When the Sheriff's Office asked him to take a drug test, he refused.