Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-159

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 16, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Detective Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Anonymous Tip Leads To Arrests

    Deputies arrest two men for chopping shopping carts for scrap metal.
    • Sunday
    • May 15, 2011
    • Time: 10:00 PM
    • 119 E Arizona Avenue
    • Tampa, FL


    Robert Wayne Everette

    DOB: 07/04/79
    119 E Arizona Avenue
    Tampa, FL

    John James Oprea

    DOB: 10/24/53
    119 E Arizona Avenue
    Tampa, FL


    • Possession of Shopping Carts x 15
    • Grand Theft
    • Criminal Mischief
    • Felony Criminal Mischief


    On 5/15/11, at approximately 10:00 p.m., a Deputy responded to 119 E Arizona Ave, Tampa, FL in reference to an anonymous complaint of shopping carts being cut up. Upon the Deputy's arrival, he observed the defendant assisting the co-defendant with cutting several metal shopping carts into pieces with a metal grinder/saw. The suspects were cutting the shopping carts into pieces to sell for scrap metal. The Deputy observed fifteen shopping carts from various retailers. The replacement value of a shopping cart for the retailer varies $60.00 to $125.00. Detectives reveal that each shopping cart has a $3-4 value for scrap metal.
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