Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-211

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 13, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Deputies Arrest Grand Theft Suspect

    Deputies recover three stolen utility trailers.
    • Monday
    • June 11, 2012
    • Time: 2:36 PM
    • Fern Hill Drive and Symmes Road
    • Riverview, FL


    James Tavolaccio
    DOB: 7/12/1971
    11518 Bullfrog Creek Road
    Gibsonton, Florida


    • Grand Theft (3 Counts)
    • Operating A Chop Shop
    • Battery on a LEO
    • Obstructing or Opposing an Officer w/o Violence

    Recovered Stolen Property:

    - 2006 Utility Trailer and power tools stolen June 2, 2012

    - 2005 Utility Pace American Trailer stolen between January 14 and January 17, 2012

    - 2006 Utility Emerson Trailer stolen between January 14 and January 17, 2012


    Hillsborough detectives were investigating three grand theft cases involving stolen trailers. During the course of the investigation detectives developed leads in regards to suspect information relating to the grand theft from Big Bend Self-Storage which occurred on June 2, 2012. On June 11, 2012, detectives responded to 11518 Bullfrog Creek Road in Gibsonton and made contact with the suspect, James Tavolaccio. Tavolaccio shoved the detective, fled on foot and was apprehended a short distance from his residence. Detectives recovered the three stolen utility trailers that were in his possession. There was a Dodge truck on the property that had the VIN numbers removed. There was also evidence that vehicles were being disassembled (chopped) on the property.

    The investigation continues.
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