Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-335

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 26, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Suspect Arrested For Impersonating An Officer

    Burglary suspect arrested on numerous charges.

    • Wednesday
    • August 21, 2013
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 12506 Early Run Lane
    • Riverview, FL


    Joseph Nicholas Kovacevic
    DOB: 5/17/92
    13307 Beechberry Drive


    • Armed Burglary of a Dwelling (4 counts)
    • Petit Theft (2 counts)
    • Falsely Impersonating an Officer (6 counts)
    • Criminal Mischief (4 counts)
    • Armed Burglary of a Conveyance (5 counts)
    • Grand Theft of Law Enforcement Equipment (1 count)
    • Violation of Probation
    • Out of County Warrant for Violation of Probation (Grand Theft)


    During the early morning hours of August 21, 2013, suspect Kovacevic burglarized several vehicles and residences within the South Pointe Subdivision in Riverview. The suspect utilized a knife to cut the screen of one residence, where he entered the residence and removed the victim’s car keys and a flashlight. He attempted to enter several other residences as well by cutting screens on windows or porches, but did not remove any items. Deputies discovered several unlocked vehicles within the same subdivision that had been burglarized. In most of the vehicle burglaries nothing was taken, only the glove compartments were opened and gone through. The suspect took $3.00 from one vehicle and cigarettes from another.

    The suspect was in the process of burglarizing a residence when he was discovered by a neighbor (witness). The neighbor called out to him and the suspect initially hid behind a tree. When confronted by the neighbor, Kovacevic was wearing a ballistic vest with “Police” on it and had handcuffs hanging from his belt. When asked by the neighbor to identify himself, Kovacevic responded “I am the Police” and then fled from the scene. The neighbor immediately called 911 and was able to provide the suspects direction of travel to the patrol deputies.

    Deputies responded and came in contact with Kovacevic in the area of Early Run Lane and Walker Vista Drive. He was sitting in a Dodge Neon and still had the handcuffs on his belt. Deputies conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered
    the stolen car keys, flashlight, cigarettes and police equipment inside the suspects vehicle.

    It was learned that one of the vehicles burglarized during the early morning hours was that of a Tampa Police Officer. There were no weapons stolen, only equipment, which was all recovered at the scene.

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