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Clearwater Police arrest three on auto burglary charges

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Officers with the Clearwater Police Dept. found the suspects hiding in some bushes early Saturday morning. Officers with the Clearwater Police Dept. found the suspects hiding in some bushes early Saturday morning.
Travis Reed. Travis Reed.
Zac Richardson. Zac Richardson.
Kristopher Barnard. Kristopher Barnard.
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) - Three young men from Illinois are facing a variety of charges after they were caught breaking into vehicle early Saturday morning in Clearwater.

Kristopher Barnard, 22, Zac Richardson, 21, and Travis Reed, 19, were booked into the Pinellas County Jail where they are being held on bonds exceeding $40,000 each.

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According to a Clearwater Police Department report officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Mandalay Ave. just after 6 a.m. in response to a burglary call. A resident called 9-1-1 after observing the three suspects acting suspiciously.

While on the phone with dispatch the caller reported that one of the men had entered an unoccupied car located at 650 Mandalay Ave. Officers arrived on scene within seconds and located all three suspects as they attempted to hide in some nearby bushes near the intersection of Baymont St. and Poinsettia Ave.

Police say all three men possessed tools used in vehicle burglaries. They are facing burglary, petit theft and grand theft charges.

An investigation revealed Barnard, Richardson and Reed had broken into several vehicles in the area taking a variety of valuables in the process. As the sun came up police identified several other victims who awoke to find their vehicles had been broken into.

The suspects are facing several burglary charges and investigators believe there may be more victims. If you have any information about similar auto burglaries in Clearwater near Mandalay Ave. please contact the Clearwater Police Department at 727-562-4242.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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