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    Release Number: 14-177

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 14, 2014
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    Deputies Arrest Two Suspects Responsible For More Than 10 Residential Burglaries

    Revolver and badge of 1940s HCSO deputy returned to son after burglary.
    • Tuesday
    • April 29, 2014
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Arrested:


    Matthew Joseph Donovan
    DOB: 07/25/1995
    5803 Peach Heather Trail
    Valrico, FL

    Charges:

    • Armed Burglary of a Dwelling
    • Grand Theft Firearm (x9)
    • Grand Theft Third Degree ($5,000-$10,000) (x3)
    • Criminal Mischief ($200 or less) (x3)
    • Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling (x2)
    • Armed Burglary of a Dwelling w/ Assault or Battery
    • Aggravated Assault w/ Intent to Commit Felony Firearm

    Arrested:


    Steven Jovanny Alcantara
    DOB: 01/03/1993
    At large

    Charges:

    • Armed Burglary of a Dwelling
    • Grand Theft Firearm (x9)
    • Grand Theft Third Degree ($300-$5,000) (x2)
    • Grand Theft Third Degree ($5,000-$10,000)
    • Criminal Mischief ($200 or Less) (x3)
    • Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling (x2)
    • Armed Burglary of a Dwelling w/ Assault or Battery
    • Possession of Cannabis

    Details:

    Over the last few months, District IV has seen an increase in “kick-in” residential burglaries. On April 15, 2014, a white male and a black male were observed in a gray four-door vehicle that was backed into a driveway. Witnesses stated that they were carrying property from the home and placing it in the back seat of the vehicle. The suspects quickly fled the scene in the listed vehicle as a witness attempted to follow them. Unfortunately, the witness was unable to provide a tag number and the suspects were not located. Among the property taken from the home were two (2) Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office badges, two (2) firearms and a Rolex watch that had formerly belonged to the late Deputy Albert Knight, who served as a Deputy Sheriff in the 1940's and 1950's. Deputy Knight's son, Steven Knight, was devastated by the loss of his father's duty gear.

    On April 25, 2014, there were three residential burglaries in the Bloomingdale area. During one of these incidents, the elderly homeowner returned home during the commission of the burglary and a white male fired one shot towards the victim with one of the victim's guns. The white male suspect yelled at another suspect who was also in the home; however, the second suspect was never seen as the victim rushed to cover. A witness near this series of burglaries observed a white male and a black male run to a silver 4-door vehicle and flee the scene at a high rate of speed. Video surveillance was also obtained from one of these burglaries that showed a silver 4-door Chevy Impala.

    On April 29, 2014, through investigative means, District IV detectives were led to the Red Roof Inn, located at 2307 E. Busch Boulevard. Matthew J. Donovan was developed as a possible suspect in this crime spree. Undercover detectives conducted surveillance at the hotel for most of the day and apprehended Matthew Donovan and Steven J. Alcantara as they returned to the hotel. Mr. Alcantara attempted to dispose of a firearm as detectives approached the hotel room by throwing it under a bed. A court authorized search warrant was served on the hotel room and a firearm, narcotics and electronics were recovered at the scene, which linked the suspects to multiple burglaries. Matthew Donovan's 2007 silver Chevy Impala was located several blocks away from the hotel and impounded pending the execution of a search warrant. The firearm that had been in the possession of Mr. Alcantara was linked to the burglary at the Knight residence. Alcantara subsequently made a full confession and described in great detail his role in this crime spree.

    On April 30, 2014, District IV detectives served three court authorized search warrants on Donovan's vehicle, residence and a storage unit. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to the residence of Mr. Donovan and recovered a firearm and hundreds of pieces of jewelry that had been thrown into a retention pond in an attempt to hide evidence from investigators. As a result of the search warrants and the Dive Team's efforts, 20 firearms, electronics, jewelry, thousands of dollars in collectible coins, and other property have been recovered. Among the property recovered, were the two Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office badges, a Smith and Wesson revolver and a Rolex watch that had belonged to Deputy Knight.

    On May 1, 2014, District IV detectives responded to an address in the City of Tampa, which was affiliated with Mr. Alcantara. At this location, collectible bills, coins and ammunition were recovered after a consensual search was conducted. Detectives were led to another hotel room where a stolen rifle was located. This rifle was also traced back to the Knight residence.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office continues to work towards identifying more victims in an effort to return the property found, which was more than 1,000 items.
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