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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-501

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 14, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Cristal Bermudez-Nunez : cbermude@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8118

    Suspects Selling Ceramic Tiles Disguised As iPads & Non-Operable iPhones

    Detectives seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects.
    • Tuesday
    • December 11, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Suspects:

    White female, 25-35 years of age, approximately 5’4”-5’6”, 130-140 lbs., medium build, long black hair in a ponytail, light complexion, brown eye color, last seen wearing blue jeans, sneakers and white t-shirt with writing on front.

    Black male, 30-40 years of age, approximately 5’10”-6’1”, 220-245 lbs., heavy build, black crew cut hair, brown eye color, medium complexion, last seen wearing black shorts, sneakers and white shirt with writing on front.

    Black male, 30-40 years of age, approximately 5’10”-6’1”, 300-320 lbs., short curly black hair, dark complexion, brown eye color, last seen wearing long-sleeved black shirt, black athletic shoes and long blue jean shorts.

    Black male, 22-29 years of age, approximately 6’-6’2”, 180-190 lbs., short black hair, light complexion, last seen wearing a brown and white striped sweater vest, white t-shirt, black denim jeans, white sneakers and a black and white baseball cap.

    Victims:

    Rice Restaurant
    7525 Hillsborough Avenue
    Tampa, FL

    Silky’s Beauty Supply
    8555 Hillsborough Avenue
    Tampa, FL

    Details:

    On December 11, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., two black male suspects entered the Rice Restaurant located at 7525 Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. The suspects offered to sell the victim Apple iPads and iPhones at a discounted rate. The suspects showed the victim real iPads and iPhones, but sold the products in shrink-wrapped boxes that were unopened. The victim purchased four “iPads” and an “iPhone5” for $710.00 in cash from the suspects. Once the suspects left the store, the victim opened the boxes to inspect the merchandise. At that time, the victim discovered that, instead of iPads, the boxes contained ceramic tiles in the same shape as an iPad and weighing the same as an iPad. The tiles were wrapped in paper that had the image of an iPad printed on it. The iPhone5 box contained a charger, an ear bud set, a metal tool for opening the side storage card drive, and a phone. The phone was powered on, but read “no SIM card” at the top. The phone turned out to be non-operable and may possibly be a display model.

    On the same day at 4:30 p.m., a black male and a white female suspect entered Silky’s Beauty Supply located at 8555 Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. Both suspects approached the victim and offered the victim two “iPads” at $250.00 each. The victim gave the white female $500.00 in cash in exchange for the products and then both suspects left the store. The victim later opened the boxes and found that the boxes contained ceramic tiles in the same shape as an iPad and weighing the same as an iPad. The tiles were wrapped in paper that had the image of an iPad printed on it.

    It is believed that both swindles are related and are from the same group of suspects working together.

    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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