9911 Seminole Blvd. Seminole, FL 33772       Ph. 727-397-5563   View TBN's FREE e-Edition today!  
Click here to learn more
Clearwater Beacon Facebook Twitter
Man on skateboard steals TV
Article published on
  Print E-Mail
CLEARWATER – A robber used a unique getaway vehicle to steal a 32-inch TV from the Super Target at the Clearwater Mall on Jan. 15.

Around 11 p.m., just before closing, the suspect entered the store and at first was looking at cellphone cases, a Clearwater police report said. The next stop was the TV section, where he soon selected a 32-inch Element LCD TV. The video shows him skating through parts of the store with the TV in his hands, the report said.

When store personnel confronted him near the store’s exit, the suspect allegedly brandished a utility knife and ran out the store, TV and skateboard in his hand. Once outside, he jumped on the skateboard and headed toward Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. He was last seen zipping east on the road. He was only in the store for about three minutes, the report said.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s with a thin build. He is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 150. He was wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans, green Nike shoes and had a black backpack. The skateboard was brown in color with orange-yellow wheels.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said John Brown, the robbery detective investigating the case. “He gets an A for creativity. But he committed a serious crime and we need to find him.”

Anyone with information should call Clearwater police at 562-4242.

Woman dies after setting herself on fire
CLEARWATER – A 44-year-old woman died on Jan. 16 after suffering apparently self-inflicted burns, according to Clearwater police.

Rhonda Wolfe was discovered by her husband around 10:47 p.m., and she was on fire, the report said. The man called Clearwater Fire and Rescue, who then also called the Clearwater Police Department. Officials from both agencies stayed on scene to try to determine how she ended up on fire, including bringing in a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office forensic unit and the fire department’s arson dog, Quincy, to the residence at 2880 Lemonwood St.

The woman was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where she died shortly before midnight. She suffered third-degree burns all over her body.

A preliminary investigation by police determined that this was a suicide. There were two gas cans along with a lighter found in the garage next to the victim, as well as a suicide note. An autopsy conducted by the Pasco-Pinellas Medical Examiner’s Office did not result in a final cause of death. That will be released once final toxicology tests are complete.
Article published on
Copyright © Tampa Bay Newspapers: All rights reserved.
Printable Version E-mail article
Featured Print Advertisers
Flooring America
9012 Seminole Blvd., Seminole
(727) 397-5509
100 Patricia Ave., Dunedin
(727) 733-1356

Web site        View Ad
Custom Couture of Tarpon Springs
208 East Tarpon Ave.
Tarpon Springs
(727) 238-7194

Web site        View Ad
Abbey Carpet & Floor of Largo
13120 66th St. N.
(727) 524-1445

Web site        View Ad
Tarpon Springs Recreation Division
2017 Sunset Beach Concert Series
Web site        View Ad
Oakhurst & East Bay Medical
13020 Park Blvd., Seminole
(727) 393-3404
3800 East Bay Dr., Largo
(727) 539-0505

Web site        View Ad
Florida Center for Back & Neck Pain
Dr. Greg Hollstrom
11444 Seminole Blvd.
(727) 393-6100

Web site        View Ad
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Online Advertising
For information, e-mail
Online Services Directory
Tampa Bay Newspapers
9911 Seminole Blvd.,
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: (727) 397-5563
Fax: (727) 397-5900
Submit News