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7/30/2015 - HCSO Detectives are Asking for Information on Thief`s Identity
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On July 24, 2015 at 8:07 pm the suspect was standing behind the victim in line at the customer service desk at the Walmart located at 7011 West Waters Avenue, Tampa in order to cash her pay check.  The suspect reached around and grabbed the victim`s wallet that was on the counter and ran out of the store to a waiting newer model gold in color Chrysler/Dodge minivan.  The wallet contained $700.00 in cash and personal identification. 
 
The suspect is described as a black male, 5`7", 135 lbs., black hair, thin build, with shoulder length dreadlocks, a goatee and wearing a gray tank top and tan pants.
 
 
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects in this case. Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.
 

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7/27/2015 - HCSO Detectives are Looking for Vehicle Burglary Suspects
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Between July 21, 2015 at 11:10pm and July 22, 2015 at 1:00pm, unknown suspect(s) burglarized two vehicles parked at 4515 Barnstead Drive in Riverview.  On July 22, 2015 at 1:09pm, two Hispanic male suspects were observed on store surveillance video utilizing the victim`s credit card at Cellairis within Westfield Brandon mall.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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7/27/2015 - TPD Detectives Search for Armed Robbery SuspectSOLVED
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Tampa Police detectives are investigating three armed robberies where the suspect strikes up a friendly conversation with the victims and suddenly becomes violent and robs them.  In one case, the suspect pistol whipped the victim and he may have tried to shoot the victim, but the gun failed to fire. According to law enforcement, the suspect is getting more violent with each robbery.  In all three robberies, the suspect`s description is similar.

ROBBERY 1:
7/20/15, 3:30 a.m.
2901 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa (Travel Lodge)
The suspect struck up a conversation with the victims at the pool and when he went back to their hotel room, the suspect demanded money at gunpoint. He took the victim`s wallet.

ROBBERY 2:
7/22/15 12:30 a.m.
2901 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa (Travel Lodge)
The suspect followed the victims into their room and robbed the victims at gunpoint. The suspect took a watch, iPhone and keys to a rental car. The victims were visiting from Italy.

ROBBERY 3:
7/26/2015, 8 p.m.
17621 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard Tampa (7-11)
The suspect engaged the victim in a conversation while the victim was pumping gas. When the victim tried to end the conversation and got in his car, the suspect jumped in the passenger seat of the car and pointed a gun at the victim. The suspect demanded the victim drive to his home. Once there, the victim`s mother, niece and nephew were directed at gunpoint to get in the car.   They drove to an ATM to withdraw money. In this robbery/kidnapping, the suspect held a gun to the eight year old victim`s head.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) in these cases.  Anyone with any information regarding these cases and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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7/23/2015 - HCSO Detectives Need Assistance Locating Brandon Robbery Suspect
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On July 14, 2015 at 1:21 am, an unknown white male suspect approached the victim while he was utilizing the drive-through ATM located at Wells Fargo Bank at 204 S. Kings Avenue in Brandon.  The suspect removed the victim`s ATM card and cash from the ATM and a struggle ensued.  The suspect threatened the victim and implied he had a weapon before running from the scene.
 
The suspect is described as a white male, 6` to 6`03", 220 pounds and last seen wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans, black boots and a white  t-shirt or handkerchief covering part of his face. 
 
 
On July 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm, an unknown white male suspect approached the victim while she was utilizing the drive-through ATM located at PNC Bank, 301 W. Brandon Boulevard in Brandon.  The suspect removed cash from the ATM before running from the scene. 
 
The suspect description is similar in both robberies therefore law enforcement believe the two cases are related. 
 
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.
 

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7/23/2015 - TPD Detectives are Investigating Several Fraudulent Deposits at Grow Financial ATMs

Between June 2, 2015 and July 13, 2015 three unknown black male suspects deposited fraudulent checks into Tampa area Grow Financial ATM machines and received cash in return.   

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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7/23/2015 - HCSO Detectives are Attempting to Identify Fishhawk Burglary/Auto Theft Suspects
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On July 20, 2015 at approximately 3:00 am, three unknown white male suspects entered the Heron Glen neighborhood of Fishhawk in Lithia and systematically pulled door handles to several vehicles in an attempt to identify those that were unlocked.  At lease six vehicles were entered and one vehicle, which had a spare key inside, was stolen.  The stolen vehicle was a white 1999 Lexus RX300 which was recovered by law enforcement in Tropical Acres in Riverview.  The three suspects were captured on surveillance video shortly before the stolen vehicle was being driven away.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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7/21/2015 - HCSO Detectives Search for Early Morning Business Burglary Suspect
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On July 17, 2015 at 6:00 am, an unknown black male suspect used an object to smash the glass door to the Verizon Wireless store located at 1019 Bloomingdale Avenue in Valrico.  After gaining entry to the business, the suspect removed several items from the shelves to include a flat screen television.  The suspect was caught on surveillance footage entering and leaving the store and was seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and hoodie, dark colored short pants and dark colored shoes that possibly have a Velcro strap and wearing a dark colored backpack. 

 
Around the same time an unknown suspect entered the Advanced Auto parts store (located just east of Verizon Wireless) by smashing the glass windows in the front door.  The suspect stole miscellaneous performance auto parts  Shortly after, law enforcement received a report of a smashed side door window to AJ`s Bikes & Boards, although the suspect did not enter the store.
 
Law enforcement believe the cases may be related. 
 
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.
 
 

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7/21/2015 - HCSO Detectives are Investigating Homicide of Samuel Elija Clarke
On July 21, 2015 shortly before 9:00 am, Hillsborough County deputies responded to a call regarding a deceased person near the University Area Community Center basketball courts located at 14013 N. 22nd Street in Tampa.  It was determined that Samuel Elija Clarke, 5/3/1990, had died as a result of upper body trauma.  

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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7/20/2015 - HCSO Detectives are Looking for Tampa Diesel Fuel Thefts
Between April 18, 2015 and May 20, 2015, unknown suspects stole a large quantity of diesel fuel from the Sunoco located at 3002 Highway 301 N. in Tampa.  Detectives believe that the suspects utilized several semi-trucks during the theft to include one to block the view of the pumps from the store.  It is estimated that the value of the stolen diesel fuel is approximately $13,000.  The suspects are believed to be white/Hispanic males and the vehicles used were described as a blue sleeper cab semi-truck hauling a white trailer (possibly a Kenworth) and a white sleeper cab semi-truck hailing a white trailer (possibly a Freightliner).

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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7/17/2015 - HCSO Deputies Search for Armed Robbery Suspects
On July 16, 2015 at approximately 2:20 pm, two unknown white males entered the Stop and Save food store located at 4801 Clewis Avenue in Tampa. After entering the store the suspects demand the clerk give them money while displaying a handgun.  The clerk responded by drawing a firearm and pointing it at the suspects.  The two suspects began to flee the store and as they passed through the doorway, one suspect fired a single shot.
 
The suspects are described as:
   Suspect #1 - possibly a white male, tall, thin build and last seen wearing red basketball shorts, unknown color shirt, black sneakers and a mask.
   Suspect #2 - possibly a white male, shorter, heavier and last seen wearing unknown clothing and a mask.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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7/16/2015 - HCSO Detectives Seek to Identify Armed Robbery SuspectsSOLVED
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                                                    *****UPDATE*****
7/23/15 - Joseph Costanzo is in custody.
 
Detectives have issued an arrest warrant for Joseph Miguel Costanzo, W/M, 9/20/1996 for Armed Robbery with a Firearm & Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.  He is described as 5`05", 190 pounds and short, light brown hair.  Costanzo is believed to be driving a black, 2007 Dodge Caliber, 4-door with dark tinted windows bearing Florida tag DXDJ02 and may be armed with a handgun. 
 
Michael Dean Pinkleton, W/M, 9/90/1997 was arrested on July 18, 2015.
 
On July 15, 2015 at 12:58 am, two unknown suspects entered the Circle K/Shell gas station located at 202 Brandon Boulevard West in Brandon.  One suspect was armed with a black .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and the second suspect was armed with a knife.  The suspect armed with the handgun demanded cash from the register and shot a round into the cigarette display case.  That suspect then removed the cash drawer and placed it inside of a large black Nike gear bag.  While he was grabbing money off the counter he accidentally discharged the firearm a second time striking a display case on the counter next to the register.  The suspects fled the store on foot in an eastbound direction toward the rear of the Burger King.
  
The suspects were described as:
     Suspect #1:  unknown race, 5`5", thin build and last seen wearing a dark green ski mask, black long sleeve shirt, dark green gloves, blue jean pants and white tennis shoes.  Armed with a black semi-automatic .380 caliber handgun.
     Suspect #2:  unknown race, 5`3", heavy build and last seen wearing a white shirt covering his head, a long sleeve white shirt, black pants and blue gloves.  Armed with a knife.  
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.
 

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7/16/2015 - HCSO Detectives are Investigating Armed Robbery of 7-Eleven
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On July 14, 2015 at 12:06 am, two unknown masked suspects entered the 7-Eleven located at 1020 Kings Avenue South in Brandon.  The first suspect pointed a gun at the clerk demanding he give him the money, then he fired one round into the display case behind him with a .45 caliber handgun. The second suspect stood at the open front door as a lookout while pointing a handgun at the clerk.  The suspects obtained both cash register drawers containing cash then fled on foot in a southern direction.

The suspects were described as:                                                                         Suspect #1:   unknown race male, 5`08 to 6`02", 180 to 200 lbs., medium build and last seen wearing a black ski mask, long-sleeved white shirt, blue jeans and black and white tennis shoes.  Armed with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a stainless finish.
Suspect #2:   unknown race male, 5`5" to 5`9", 160-180 lbs., medium build, having a potbelly and last seen wearing a black ski mask, red and white t-shirt, black zipper jacket, dark pants and black Nike sneakers with a white swoosh.  Armed with a small black semi-automatic handgun.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

 

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7/16/2015 - HCSO Detectives are Looking for Burglary Suspect
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On July 9, 2015 at approximately 10:05 am, an unknown suspect unlawfully entered the residence of 14409 Audubon Trace in Tampa after smashing the rear window.  An electronic device was stolen from the apartment.  The suspect was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with large fluorescent pink and white horizontal stripes, a purple hat, gray shorts and red gloves.  The suspect is a black male, dark complexion, 20-30 years of age, tall and thin and has a goatee. 

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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7/14/2015 - TPD Detectives Attempt to Identify Moped ThiefCLOSED
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On July 13, 2015 at approximately 5:48am, an unknown black male suspect stole a 2009 moped, black in color, from the Red Roof Inn located at 2307 Busch Boulevard E. in Tampa.  Prior to the theft, the suspect was seen on surveillance video walking around the property.  The moped has one silver mirror and one black mirror as well as a tweety bird floor mat where you rest your feet.  

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.
 
 

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7/14/2015 - Pasco County SO is Asking for Information from the Public on Church Burglaries
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Between July 1 and July 12, 2015 a series of burglaries have occurred at various churches within the eastern section of Pasco county.  Law enforcement believe the burglaries are related and are being committed for the purpose of stealing money.  The white male suspect has committed the burglaries during the late night to early morning hours. 

The churches affected are:
Chancey Road Christian Church, 34921 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills (Between July 1 and 2); Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5626 20th Street, Zephyrhills (Between July 2 and 4); Church of the Living Word, 5220 10th Street, Zephyrhills (Between July 3 and 5); Pentecostal Church of Acts, 5840 18th Street, Zephyrhills (Between July 8 and 12);
Faith Baptist Church, 38634 County Road 54, Zephyrhills (Between July 9 and 10).
Darby Community Church, 14745 Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, San Antonio (Between July 11 and 12); First Congregational Church, 7900 Fort King Road, Zephyrhills (Between July 11 and 12); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City (Between July 11 and 12); Temple Baptist Church, 37523 Clinton Avenue, Dade City (July 12);

Other burglaries have occurred within the City of Zephyrhills; Our Savior Lutheran Church, Church of the Living Word, Pentecostal Church of Acts and Faith Baptist Church and are being investigated by the Zephyrhills Police Department.
 
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using our new TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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