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Crime journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 1, 2008


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CLEARWATER

Trio accused of vehicle thefts outside gyms 

Pinellas County deputies have charged three South Florida men in connection with several vehicle burglaries outside fitness centers across Florida. Officers also recovered cell phones, iPods, dozens of drivers' licenses and more than 100 credit cards and checkbooks, said sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha. "What we are faced with is laying all this out" and trying to find the victims. Caught driving a black Cadillac Escalade that matched the description of a vehicle suspected in the thefts were Nathan M. Robinson, 32, of Lauderdale Lakes; Terrance T. Campbell, 25, of Lauderhill; and Brandon T. Davis, 22, of Fort Lauderdale.

ST. PETERSBURG

Service station burglarized twice

Police are searching for three men who they say broke into the Exxon service station at 3355 Ninth Ave. N two nights in a row. In the first burglary on Feb. 25, the men pried open the front door and took the cash drawer and some cigarettes, police said. Surveillance video shows a white U-haul truck pulling up to the front of the business. In the second burglary, on Feb. 26, the men took a receipt printer and a lottery machine printer, police said. Anyone with information can call (727) 893-7254.

LAND O'LAKES

Pasco man charged in 5 house break-ins

Christopher McCormick, 40, of New Port Richey was arrested Thursday and charged with multiple counts of burglary and grand theft, among other charges. Pasco deputies said he broke into at least five homes in Land O'Lakes and stole more than $10,000 worth of jewelry, tools and video equipment. McCormick admitted breaking into as many as 70 homes in the area, according to the arrest reports. He told deputies he traded the stolen goods to fuel his drug addiction. McCormick is in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $155,000 bail.

DADE CITY

Railroad spikes stolen from track

Two women were arrested Thursday after Pasco deputies said they stole 75 to 100 railroad spikes from a span of track north of Dade City. Susan Townsend, 43, of Brooksville and Sandra Clevenger, 47, of Dade City were charged with interfering with railroad tracks or equipment. They were released on $5,000 bail. Deputies believe they wanted to sell the metal for scrap. CSX Railroad has been notified.

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