Armed Robbery Suspect Caught Through Surveillance Cams
Thomas Delgado, 44, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, according to Clearwater Police. He is believed to be involved in at least three other similar incidents since January.
A suspect police believe to be involved in multiple armed robberies since January, was arrested after committing another robbery early Sunday morning.
Thomas Delgado entered the 7-Eleven at 2030 Gulf to Bay Blvd around 12:45 a.m. with a gun in his hand and demanded money from the clerk, according to Clearwater Police.
The clerk gave Delgado, 44, the money in one of the store's grocery bags. Then Delgado fled, according to investigators.
Because there had been a number of similar armed robberies since January, Clearwater Police's Robbery Detectives were conducting several surveillance details near potential targets during late night, weekend hours.
They used information that was compiled and analyzed by the department's crime analysis unit to predict a crime pattern, Anthony Holloway, police chief, said in a release.
Detectives happened to be nearby when Delgado fled in a 1996 Ford Explorer.
Delgado was stopped at Drew Street and Mercury Avenue and taken into custody. His car was seized.
"With that information, detectives conducted surveillance details targeting a specific area at specific times, which ultimately led to the apprehension and arrest of the suspect," Holloway said.
Delgado was arrested and charged with armed robbery, according to investigators. Additional charges are pending.
He has previously been arrested for grand theft, presenting a forged document, domestic violence and driving under the influence.
Delgado is in Pinellas County Jail on $50,000 bond.