Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-073

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 21, 2014
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247/8060

    Construction Thefts Lead To Major Stolen Property Arrests

    The retail value of the stolen property is approximately $400,000.
    • Thursday
    • February 20, 2014
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Suspect #1:

    Paul Barton (company foreman)
    DOB: 12/01/78
    3913 Bay Villa Avenue West


    • Grand Theft over $100,000
    • Dealing in Stolen property
    • Defrauding a Secondary Metal Recycler

    Suspect #2:

    Robert Head (fork lift driver)
    DOB: 04/28/64
    8504 Richmond Street


    • Grand Theft
    • Possession of Marijuana

    Suspect #3:

    Troy Roberts
    DOB: 09/23/60
    3917 Meadow Wood Loop


    • Grand Theft over $100,000
    • Dealing in Stolen property
    • Defrauding a Secondary Metal Recycler

    Suspect #4:

    Mike Barber
    DOB: 01/08/79
    5402 Airport Road


    • Grand Theft over $100,000
    • Dealing in Stolen property
    • Defrauding a Secondary Metal Recycler
    • VOP-DV Injunction
    • Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile
    • Possession of Marijuana


    Southwestern Suppliers
    6815 14th Avenue East


    While investigating recent construction site thefts of steel re-bar, Hillsborough County Detectives discovered a subject who had scrapped an unusually large amount of steel re-bar (618,000lbs.) over the course of the last year. Further investigation revealed that the subject Paul Barton was a foreman for Southwestern Suppliers, a construction supply company.

    HCSO detectives contacted Southwestern Suppliers; it was discovered that Barton was stealing steel re-bar and selling it as scrap metal at O.U. Metals. Southwestern Suppliers is located within the City of Tampa, detectives contacted the Tampa Police Department.

    Through interviews, detectives discovered another employee, Robert Head was involved. Troy Roberts and Mike Barber were identified as being responsible for the transportation of the stolen material. Over the last year Barton and his associates conducted a total of 245 transactions and received in excess of $120,000. The retail value of the materials as approximately $400,000. Barton, Robert Head, Mike Barber and Troy Roberts were each charged with multiple counts of Grand Theft, Defrauding a Metal Recycler, and Dealing in Stolen Property.

    Detectives discovered the theft before the business was aware of it. It was a great case of proactive police work.
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