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Burglars target tented homes in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Florida - Just like the bugs they're aiming to kill, workers scurry up ladders and across roofs when they tent a house. Warning signs go up about the dangerous fumigant pumped inside.

But St. Petersburg Police say that didn't stop Christopher Alexander, 25, from slitting tents with a knife and breaking into houses. He was arrested this week and charged with three of the risky burglaries.

"This man was obviously desperate enough to do exactly that," said Police spokesman Mike Puetz. "And he told us on one occasion he did get sick doing it."

Man steals TVs from Palm Harbor Walmart

Palm Harbor, Florida -- Detectives are looking for a man who stole two TVs from a Walmart. 

Around 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, the suspect entered the Walmart store at 35404 US Highway 19. The suspect took two 39" LCD HDTV's, left the store and loaded the televisions into the bed of a dark colored pickup truck.

According to reports, the suspect then jumped into the bed of the truck, leaving the tailgate down. When the driver of the truck began to flee the parking lot, the suspect fell out of the bed of the truck. 

Man arrested in two wig-wearing bank robberies

Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater Police detectives have charged a Largo man in connection with a May 24 heist where he donned a wig and black gloves to rob a bank on Fort Harrison Avenue.

Clearwater Police detectives say they became aware Sunday that 29-year-old Daniel Williams had been taken into custody by Belleair Police on another bank robbery that had occurred in their jurisdiction.

Inmate charged in June bank robbery

Clearwater, Florida -- A man in jail on unrelated charges has been charged in the June 13 robbery of the City-County Employees Credit Union on Missouri Avenue.

Clearwater Police detectives investigating the bank robbery recently identified 37-year-old Anthony Sutton as a suspect in the armed robbery.

Investigators say on June 4, while Sutton was in jail on a carjacking charge, they added the charge of armed robbery.

Teen incompetent to stand trial in mother's death

OLDSMAR, Florida (AP) - A Tampa Bay area teen accused of killing his mother and her boyfriend has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Pinellas County prosecutors said at a hearing Wednesday that three doctors evaluated 18-year-old Benjamin Bishop and concluded he's not able to communicate with lawyers and doesn't know what's going on.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Bishop will be sent to a mental facility for treatment until he is deemed competent and able to stand trial.

Police catch robber who preyed on restaurant delivery workers

Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater Police have charged a 27-year-old man with three counts of armed robbery in connection with recent incidents that targeted workers delivering food from restaurants.

The first robbery occurred June 30 at 10:39 p.m. at 511 Brookside Drive. A delivery driver from Jets Pizza on Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. had arrived at that location to deliver a pizza when he saw a man standing in the driveway.

Man accused of sexually attacking teen he met on bus

Clearwater, Florida -- A 26-year-old man with a lengthy arrest record has been charged with kidnapping and sexually battering a teenager he met on a PSTA bus last month.

Isaac Fredericks was arrested Friday in connection with the June 11 incident, which police say took place about 9:45 p.m. in a wooded area north of Drew Street and between Keene Road and Hercules Avenue.