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Deputies: Clearwater man’s afternoon crime spree included stolen vehicles, burglarized homes

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man went on crime spree Thursday afternoon, stealing two vehicles, failing to steal two others and burglarizing three homes before being taken into custody, authorities say.

Pinellas County deputies on Thursday arrested Shanon Dubois, 36, at the Florida Central Credit Union on NE Coachman Road in Clearwater.

The spree began around 2:30 p.m. when Dubois stole a 2016 Ram truck from the Dayton Andrews car dealership on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, deputies say.

He then proceeded to run over two mailboxes in the Coachman Hill Preserve gated community, deputies say, before crashing into the neighborhood’s security gate, disabling the truck.

Dubois left the truck to rob two occupied residences, grabbing the wrist of a woman at one of the homes and chasing her inside, deputies say. He then attempted to steal a 2015 BMW from the same residence but was unsuccessful.

Improvising, Dubois stole a 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle, deputies say, and rode it to his next break-in — an occupied residence on Sharkey Road, where he was met with resistance, causing him to flee once again.

Still not finished, Dubois then battered the owner of a vehicle as he burglarized it, attempted and failed to steal from another vehicle, and then tried to steal a semi-truck from Tommy’s Produce on Belcher Road in Clearwater, deputies say.

After receiving a call that Dubois was spotted at the Florida Central Credit Union later in the day, deputies responded and arrested him without incident, they say.

Numerous witnesses identified Dubois, and through a search, deputies found him in possession of Hydrocodone and Xanax.

Dubois was already wanted in conjunction with three Pinellas County warrants for violation of probation for grand theft motor vehicle, deputies say.

Officers with the Clearwater Police Department responded to investigate three of the crimes committed in their jurisdiction, deputies say.

Dubois faces two counts of grand theft motor vehicle, one count of attempted grand theft motor vehicle, three counts of burglary to a conveyance and two counts of burglary to an occupied dwelling.

He also faces three counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, one count of burglary/battery, one count of battery, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and three felony warrants for violation of probation-grand theft motor vehicle.

Deputies transported Dubois to the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained Friday, awaiting trial with bail set at $205,250.

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