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Pinellas Park Beacon
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Police still seek dognappers
PINELLAS PARK - Police are still looking for the alleged dognappers who made off with four canines in five months. Sgt. Paul Andrews, police spokesman, said detective, after a lengthy investigation, have made no arrests. He said no new reports of missing dogs have been reported.

The dogs of choice were breeds illegally used for fighting. Other dog thefts were reported to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Another four canines from areas other than Pinellas Park are missing, but none fall into the fighting dog category.

Andrews said detectives have not closed the case and are still seeking information.

Deputy is paintballed
PINELLAS PARK - An off-duty Manatee County deputy sheriff on July 25 was shot by another motorist with a paintball gun while the deputy was driving on U.S. 19.

Police said Deputy R. Weidler was driving on the highway near 110th Avenue at about 12:15 a.m. when a car pulled alongside. One of the occupants fired a paintball gun several times. One of the missiles hit the car’s interior, barely missing Weidler.

Police said the assailants escaped after speeding from the scene.

Deliveryman robbed
PINELLAS PARK - A city man was held up at gunpoint July 23 while delivering food to what turned out to be a vacant house.

Police said Norbert Kara, 32, arrived at 10060 62nd St. N. at about 6:45 p.m. to deliver a meal ordered earlier by phone from the China Garden Restaurant. When the door opened, Kara was confronted by a man wearing a ski mask and holding a revolver. He grabbed Kara by the shirt and pulled him inside.

The robber took an undetermined amount of money from Kara and fled on foot. He was described as a white male wearing a gray short sleeve shirt.

Sgt. Paul Andrews, police spokesman, said the house is vacant. He said at least one local resident spotted the assailant as he fled the scene.
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