Reward offered for looters who struck Tampa stores

Looters used a truck to break into a convenience store.

A reward is being offered for information for looters who struck a Tampa convenience store and a  during Hurricane Irma, just one of more than 15 looting incidents during and after the storm.

About 10:39 p.m. Sunday, the men used a white four-door Ford F-150 to smash down the front of Teresa's Food Market, 11723 N. 15th St. The men then raced into the store and took numerous items.

The vehicle, which matches on that was stolen the same day, has significant rear-end damage.

The suspects are described as following:

.#1 - Suspect wearing a dark hoodie, dark shorts, bandana around right leg and wearing dark tennis shoes.

#2 - Suspect wearing a dark hoodie, dark shorts and white tennis shoes.

#3 - Suspect wearing a dark hoodie, light color pants, dark tennis shoes.

#4 - Suspect wearing all dark clothing.

Meanwhile, on Monday deputies responded to a business burglary at Tampa Bay Power Sports, 13521 N. Florida Ave.

When deputies arrived, they discovered that multiple unknown suspects had rammed the side of the business with an unknown type vehicle. Once inside the business, the suspects removed 7 dirt bikes, valued at over $38,000. During the burglary, the suspects also damaged multiple motorcycles by pushing them over, breaking mirrors, tearing bumpers off, etc.

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 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 the Crime Stoppers website, or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating the following looting incidents:

* Value Choice Pharmacy, 13130 Dale Mabry Highway North
Suspect used a brick to shatter front door to make entry.  The suspect then utilizes garbage bags to collect non-narcotic prescription medications and leaves. Approximately one hour later the suspect returns to the pharmacy and collects another plastic garbage bag with medications and flees the store.
On September 11, 2017 some of the medications were found in the area of 880 block of Memorial Highway.  It is estimated that $30,000 worth of medications were stolen, unknown value of what has been recovered. Estimated damage to pharmacy is $1,000.

* Circle K store, 6422 Benjamin Road
Suspects entered the store by breaking out the front door with a hammer.  Once inside they stole cigarettes, cigars and a couple cases of Corona beer.  Suspects fled through the broken door.

* Circle K store, 10111 West Hillsborough Avenue
Suspect stole cigarettes

* Apartment Burglary, 8102 Sheldon Road
Sometime between September 9, 2017 and September 11, 2017, unknown suspect(s) made forced entry into the victim's apartment by throwing a rock through the patio sliding glass door.  Once inside the apartment, the suspect(s) removed approximately $2,900 in items before exiting the front door.

* Residential Burglary, 6200 block of Clark Avenue North
Sometime between September 10, 2017 and September 11, 2017 unknown suspect(s) entered the residence through a bedroom window. Once inside, the suspects removed over $2,000 worth of items.

*Residential Burglary, 2400 block West Lake Drive, Wiamauma
Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through the front door and removed the victim's television.

*Business Burglary, Mobil Convenience Store, 10920 Highway 41 South, Gibsonton
Unknown suspects smashed the glass on the backdoor and removed various items valued at approximately $1,000

*Residential Burglary, 5700 block of Newmauma Park Drive, Wimauma
Unknown suspects forced entry through the front door and removed the victim's television.

*Residential Burglary, 5700 block of Newmauma Park Drive, Wimauma
Unknown suspects forced entry through a rear sliding glass door and removed clothing.

*Residential Burglary, 15000 block of Long Cypress Drive, Ruskin
Unknown suspects forced entry though a bedroom window and removed various items including jewelry.

*Business Burglary, Dunkin Donuts, 1909 East Bearss Avenue, Tampa
Unknown suspect possibly entered through the drive thru window and took cash.

*Business Burglary, Family Dollar Store, 2275 East Bears Avenue, Tampa
Unknown suspect entered by smashing front door. Suspects stole 50 cartons of cigarettes and did approximately $3,000 damage to the business (metal roll up door, cigarette case, office door, exterior door).

*Business Burglary, J  & J Tires, 19033 North Highway 41, Tampa
Unknown suspects entered the business and removed a laptop, tools, tire and other miscellaneous items valued at over $5,000.

*Business Burglary, Best Buy Liquors
Unknown suspects entered the business by shattering the glass door with a brick.  Once inside the suspects took mini liquor bottles, lottery tickets and cigarettes, total value is estimated between $3,000 and $5,000.
 

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