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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Clearwater police arrest possible suspects in interrrupted home burglary


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Two suspects who may be connected to a Friday burglary that was interrupted when a teenager returned home have been arrested, Clearwater police said.

On Sunday, a 17-year-old was charged with burglary and auto theft near the burglarized home in the 1600 block of Ridgewood Street. The teen is the brother of the 16-year-old who was apprehended Friday in the case.

A 15-year-old also was picked up on violation of probation charges.

The two have not been charged in the burglary, but detectives think they might be involved in that crime as well.

On Friday, a 16-year-old girl came home and noticed a black male juvenile bending down in a closet and heard noises coming from the second floor. Police said she looked up the stairs and saw two black male juveniles descending the stairs.

One of the suspects on the stairs fired a handgun in her direction, and the bullet struck the floor, police said. The three suspects ran upstairs and jumped out a second-floor window.

The girl ran to the house of a neighbor, who called police. She was not injured.

Two guns, a portable DVD player and miscellaneous jewelry were taken during the burglary.

A police officer noticed someone walking nearby matching the description of one of the suspects. The juvenile was taken to the main police station to be interviewed by detectives. He was charged with armed occupied burglary, a felony.

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