Clearwater police have charged a man with three counts of armed robbery in connection with recent incidents that targeted workers delivering food from restaurants.
Troy Richardson was taken into custody Monday at the Diana Motel after a police K-9 track ended there following one of the recent robberies, police said.
A search of the area turned up Richardson, who police say matched the description of the suspect of two robberies in the area.
The first robbery occurred Sunday at 10:39 p.m. at 511 Brookside Drive.
Police say a delivery driver from Jets Pizza at 2045 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. had arrived at that location to deliver a pizza when he saw the suspect standing in the driveway, then produced a gun and demanded the victim's money and cell phone.
The second robbery occurred Monday at 9:36 p.m. at 306 S. Mars Ave. The suspect placed a food order from Hong Kong City Restaurant. When the victim arrived outside a set of vacant apartments, the suspect showed a gun and demanded money. The victim refused to comply and was struck in the head with the gun.
During the course of the investigation, police say a new victim also came forward.
Police say Richardson, who has multiple arrests in the past, including two already this year, has also been charged in that case.