Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-177

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 3, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Couple Caught Stealing Railroad Track

    Detectives make another arrest in metal thefts.
    • Friday
    • June 3, 2011
    • Time: 4:30 AM
    • Railroad Crossing on 19th Avenue North East/Just East of 12th Street North East
    • Ruskin, FL

    Suspect 1:

    Samuel J. Gay
    DOB 9-2-74
    12514 Cody Drive
    Wimauma, FL


    • Interference with Railroad Track or Equipment
    • Petit Theft

    Suspect 2:

    April Lopez
    DOB 12-6-72
    5820 Bishop Road
    Wimauma, FL


    Interference with Railroad Track or Equipment


    On June 3, 2011 at approximately 4:30 a.m. detectives assigned to District Four Intelligence Unit were conducting surveillance in the Ruskin area in reference to a recent increase in metal thefts. While conducting surveillance, detectives observed a small truck that was pulled off the side of the road and backed into a wooded area along side the railroad tracks. Detectives observed the two suspects attempting to load a steel railroad track approximately 15 feet in length into the bed of the truck utilizing a small portable electric winch. The subjects were arrested without incident and transported to the Orient Road Jail.

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