TAMPA, Fla. — Investigators say they've solved what appears to have been a burglary spree across Hillsborough County, leading to three arrests.
Between June 16-July 20, Joshua Vining, 36, and Jason Vining , 46, broke into businesses, swiped some property and sold the items to "unsuspecting customers," the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
The recovered property, which included electronics, is believed to be worth at least $13,000.
Deputies said Vining and Slater also worked with Brad Krantz, 34, to sell the goods. Krantz was out on bond for aggravated battery.
Krantz would purchase some of the stolen merchandise from Vining and Slater, later reselling the items for a greater profit online or right out of his home, according to the investigation.
"Many of the items were taken from local businesses and others were stolen right off the porch of a residence in Hillsborough County," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the release “These burglaries are even more intolerant, as the businesses targeted are already struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic".
"I am very proud of the diligent work by our detectives who identified these suspects and put a stop to their crime spree. We are hoping the public can help us return all of the stolen items to their rightful owners."
Chronister called the three "despicable" for their actions against the community that was already hurting because of the pandemic.
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