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163 inmates being released from Hillsborough County Jail as coronavirus precaution

"As your sheriff, there is nothing I take more seriously than the public safety and protecting our community," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

TAMPA, Fla. — To help fight the spread of coronavirus, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced Thursday morning that 164 low-level, non-violent inmates would be released from jail and sent back into the Tampa Bay area.

It's important to note: There are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the jail. The move is precautionary.

10Investigates looked into the data and found there are actually 163 inmates being released. Either way, who are these people? We found out what they are accused of doing.

"These defendants are the lowest public safety risk," Chronister said. "They were merely sitting in jail because they could not afford to pay the amount it would take to bond out."

Despite the sheriff's reassurance, some people have voiced concerns. So, 10Investigated requested the names and charges for these individuals.

We found most of the charges for these inmates are possession, petit theft and trespassing.

There were a few outliers, like prostitution and delivery of a controlled substance. There was also one case of domestic violence. That case, however, was reduced from a felony.

Chronister said the inmates will still need to face the charges.

"As your sheriff, there is nothing I take more seriously than public safety and protecting our community," Chronister said.

Scroll past the video for a list of charges.

Below is a list of charges:

  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance/felony petit theft
  • Felony petit theft/petit theft first degree
  • Felony petit theft/criminal mischief $200 or less
  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance 
  • Possession of cocaine/possession of controlled substance/possession of controlled substance
  • Possession of controlled substance
  • Possession of controlled substance
  • Trespass on property other than a structure
  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance
  • Possession of controlled substance
  • Possession of controlled substance
  • Resisting officer without violence/felony petit theft
  • Criminal mischief $1,000 or more 
  • Burglary of an unoccupied structure/criminal mischief $1,000 or more
  • Delivery of a controlled substance/delivery of a controlled substance 
  • Trespass on property other than structure /public consumption of alcohol
  • Possession of cocaine/possession of controlled substance/possession of drug paraphernalia/grand theft motor vehicle
  • Felony petit theft/petit theft first degree
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia/possession of controlled substance/resisting officer without violence
  • Grand theft third degree/trespass upon school grounds after notice
  • Driving while license revoked-habitual offender
  • Trespass on property other than structure/possession of controlled substance
  • Felony petit theft/felony petit theft/possession of controlled substance
  • Driving with license canceled, suspended, or revoked (3rd offense) 
  • Trespass on property other than structure
  • Trespass on property other than structure
  • Possession of controlled substance
  • Trespass on property other than structure
  • Possession of controlled substance
  • Possession of controlled substance/false name to law enforcement officer
  • Possession of cocaine/possession of controlled substance/possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Grand theft third degree
  • Burglary of an unoccupied structure/burglary of an unoccupied structure/petit theft first degree/grand theft third degree 
  • Possession
  • Prostitution 
  • Trespass, controlled substance 
  • Petit theft 
  • Burglary, grand theft 
  • Burglary, grand theft 
  • Possession
  • Petit theft
  • Burglary, resisting w/o violence
  • Possession
  • Possession, no valid drivers license
  • Trespass  
  • Posession
  • Posession
  • Posession, fraud less than $1,000, petit theft
  • Posession, fraud less than $1,000, petit theft
  • Posession without violence
  • Criminal mischief
  • Petit theft
  • Posession
  • Criminal mischief, grand theft
  • Posession
  • Driving while license revoked (habitual offender)
  • Driving while license canceled, suspended or revoked; false name to law enforcement officer
  • Petit theft
  • Petit theft
  • Posession, trespass
  • Grand theft
  • Posession, solicitation and distribution, resisting w/o violence
  • Trespass
  • Posession
  • Posession
  • Possession of meth
  • Possession 
  • Possession
  • Possession
  • Possession of cannabis and crim mischief 1,000 +
  • Felony petit theft
  • 4 charges- petit theft, drug poss, resist ofc w/o vio
  • Unlawful soliciting, drug possession, res ofc w/o
  • Grand theft 3rd degree (750-5,000)
  • Grand theft motor veh,  false name to law enf
  • Possession, resist ofc w/o violence, trespass on prop 
  • Burglary, fire extinguisher grand theft, trespass
  • Possession of drugs and heroin
  • Possession, driving with suspended or canceled
  • Tampering w/evidence, drug poss, trespass,fasle nm
  • Prostitution
  • Burglary, trespass
  • Possession, res arrest w/o violence
  • Possession of cocaine other subst
  • Multiple grand theft charges, leaving the scene of crash, possession
  • Prostitution, possession
  • Crim mischief <1,000
  • Felony petit theft
  • Burglary, trespass, petit theft
  • Trespass on property
  • Trespass
  • Possession
  • Possession, burglary
  • Trespass
  • Trespass,
  • Possession 
  • Possession,petit theft 
  • 3 counts burglary of an unoccupied structure (burg0020) & 2 counts grand theft third degree ($750 - $5,000) (thef2010)
  • Arrested at airport 2 counts uttering a forged instrument (forg2000) & 2 counts possession of a forged credit card (thef8008) & 1 count fraudulent creation, use, or possession of counterfeit or fictitious personal identification information (frau1168)
  • Trespass on property other than structure (tres4001)
  • Synthetic cannabis -- possession of controlled substance (drug9101) 
  • Trespass on property other than structure (tres4001) & petit theft ($100 or less) (thef1011)
  • Meth possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102) & synthetic cannabinoids 1.3 grams / possession of controlled substance (drug9101) & resisting officer without violence (cops1001)
  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (burg0022) & resisting officer without violence (cops1001) & possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102)
  • Cocaine possession of cocaine (drug1101) & possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102)
  • Possession of a controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Heroin & syringe with residue - possession of controlled substance (drug9101) & possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102) past arrests: 12/24/19 petit theft ($100 or less) (thef1011)
  • 3 counts felony petit theft (thef7002)
  • Fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer (traf3039) & resisting officer without violence (cops1001) & driving with license canceled, suspended, or revoked (traf6075) & operating unregistered vehicle (traf5015) & attaching tag not assigned (traf5040)
  • Criminal mischief $1,000 or more (crms3000)
  • (past arrests / current: synthetic cannabinoids - 2 counts possession of controlled substance (drug9101) / past: synthetic cannaboids possession of controlled substance (drug91
  • Resisting officer without violence (cops1001) & felony petit theft (thef7002)
  • Grand theft motor vehicle (thef2201) & grand theft third degree ($750 - $5,000) (sao02005)
  • DUI hit and run / driving under the influence with property damage or personal injury (traf1028) & driving while license canceled, suspended, or revoked (second or subsequent offense) (traf6069) & leaving the scene of a crash with property damage (traf2022)
  • Drugs / driving with license canceled, suspended, or revoked (3rd offense) (traf6077) & meth possession of controlled substance (drug9101) & glass pipe possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102)
  • Unauthorized use of credit card ($300 or more) (frau3030) & burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (burg0022)
  • 2 counts burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (burg0022)
  • Past arrests: // current: felony petit theft (thef7002) & false name to law enforcement officer (cops2060) // past: 2 count felony petit theft (thef7001)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101) (doesn't say what drug) & driving with license canceled, suspended, or revoked (3rd offense) (traf6077)
  • Felony petit theft (thef7002) 
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • 2 counts possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Past arrests: // current: possession of controlled substance (drug9101) // past: 2 counts possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Past arrests: // current: felony petit theft (thef7002) // past: 3 counts meth possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102) & possession of controlled substance (drug9101) & delivery of a controlled substance (drug9201) 
  • Past arrests: // current: burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (burg0022) // past: burglary of an unoccupied dwelling (burg00 & petit theft first degree (thef1010)
  • Domestic violence -- reduced from a felony: criminal mischief $1,000 or more (crms3000) & criminal mischief (more than $200, less than $1,000) (crms2000)
  • Homeless & past arrests: // current: possession of controlled substance (drug9101) // past: trespass on prop other than structure or conve (tres4001)
  • Burglary of an unoccupied structure (burg0020), petit theft ($100 or less) (thef1011), trespass in occupied structure or conveyance (tres2000)
  • Fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer (traf3039), resisting officer without violence (cops1001), driving with license canceled, suspended, or revoked (traf6075), operating an unregistered vehicle (traf5015), attaching tag not assigned (traf5040)
  • Criminal mischief $1,000 or more (crms3000)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101), possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Resisting officer without violence (cops1001), felony petit theft (thef7002)
  • Grand theft motor vehicle (thef2201), grand theft third degree ($750 - $5,000) (sao02005)
  • Driving under the influence with property damage or personal injury (traf1028), driving while license canceled, suspended, or revoked (second or subsequent offense) (traf6069), Leaving the scene of a crash with property damage (traf2022)
  • Driving with license canceled, suspended, or revoked (3rd offense) (traf6077), possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102), possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Unauthorized use of credit card ($300 or more) (frau3030), burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (burg0022)
  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (burg0022), burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (burg0022)
  • Felony petit theft (thef7002), false name to law enforcement officer (cops2060)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101), driving with license canceled, suspended, or revoked (3rd offense) (traf6077)
  • Felony petit theft (thef7002)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101), possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101), possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Felony petit theft (thef7002)
  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (burg0022)
  • Criminal mischief $1,000 or more (crms3000), criminal mischief (more than $200, less than $1,000) (crms2000)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101), possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Possession of controlled substance (drug9101)
  • Criminal mischief $1,000 or more (crms3000), possession of cannabis less than 20 grams (drug2103)
  • Felony petit theft (thef7002)
  • Resisting officer without violence (cops1001), possession of cocaine (drug1101), possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102), felony petit theft (thef7002)
  • Tpord 14-46(a) - unlawful soliciting (aggressive) (tpor0157), resisting officer without violence (cops1001), possession of cocaine (drug1101), possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102), resisting officer without violence (cops1001), possession of drug paraphernalia (drug8102)
  • Grand theft third degree ($750 - $5,000) (sao02005)

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