Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-207

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 5, 2014
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    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Detectives Make Two Arrests

    The two  suspects were responsible for multiple thefts.
    • Wednesday
    • June 4, 2014
    • Time: 2:06 AM
    • Walgreens
    • 930 Providence Road
    • Brandon

    Arrested:


    Gerald Anthonio Johnson
    DOB: 10/17/70
    4920 81st Street S
    Tampa

    Charges:

    • Robbery by Sudden Snatching (2 counts)
    • Petit Theft (4 counts)
    • Dealing in Stolen Property (5 counts)

    Arrested:


    Christina Covert
    DOB: 10/03/69
    2106 Village Avenue S
    Valrico

    Charges:

    • Robbery by Sudden Snatching (2 counts) 
    • Petit Theft (4 counts)

    Details:

    On June 4, 2014 at approximately 2:06 am, Gerald Johnson snatched 2 cartons of Newport cigarettes from the clerk's hand and fled the Walgreens store located at 930 Providence Road on foot. Johnson was located and apprehended shortly thereafter in the area of 78th Street and Clair Mel Circle in a silver Dodge Avenger. The vehicles was being driven by his girlfriend, Christina Covert. Gerald Johnson matched the description in several other Hillsborough county Sheriff's Office theft cases involving the theft of cartons of cigarettes. Detectives interviewed both Covert and Johnson. They both admitted to committing this offense and five additional cases where cigarette cartons were stolen over the course of a month. The suspects targeted Walgreeens and 7-Eleven stores in the Brandon and the Palm River area.
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