Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-474

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 29, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Vehicle Burglaries

    Purses left in plain view easy prey for thieves.
    • Monday
    • November 19, 2012
    • Time: 6:45 PM
    • Shapes Fitness
    • 731 Lumsden Road W
    • Brandon, Florida


    1. Black male, short hair, wearing white tank-top and dark colored hooded zip up sweatshirt
    2. Unknown subject wearing jeans and a light colored pull over hooded sweatshirt


    On November 19, 2012 at 6:45 p.m., surveillance cameras at Shapes Fitness Center located at 731 Lumsden Road in Brandon captured images of two suspects exiting a white newer model Mercedes GL450 and looking into parked cars with flash lights.

    The suspects continued checking the parked cars until they found 3 vehicles with purses and other personal items sitting out in plain view. The suspects smashed the car windows took the item and fled the parking lot.

    Later on, one of the suspects contacted one if the victim’s bank to acquire account balances. This is typical method of operation previously seen by the criminal group known as the “Felony Lane Gang”.

    Please remind shoppers or anyone parking their cars to “LOCK” your car doors and roll up your windows. Place all packages in your trunk so they are not visible to individuals walking close to your vehicle. Don’t leave cell phones, purses or other items in your parked car where they can be seen. Remember where you parked your vehicle and have your car keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.

    For more car safety tips, go to www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/Articles/Articles/Lock-It-Up!

    Anyone with any information reference the suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspects 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 www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).
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