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    Release Number: 18-834

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 31, 2018
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    Deputies Recover Half A Million Dollars Worth Of Stolen Tequila

    Four men were arrested in connection to the theft.
    • Monday
    • December 31, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Arrested:


    Vidal Estrada
    Hispanic Male, DOB: 3/30/1952
    1921 SW 46 Terrace, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
    Charges: 
    • 843.02 Resisting Officer without Violence
    • 812.014(2)(A)1 Grand Theft $100,000 or more
    • 810.02(4)(B) Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance


    Lemuel Escobar
    Hispanic Male, DOB: 8/04/1983
    5445 CR 561, Clermont, Florida
    Charges:
    • 812.014(2)(A)1 Grand Theft $100,000 or more
    • 843.02 Resisting Officer without Violence
    • 810.02(4)(B) Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance


    Humberto Ramirez
    Hispanic Male, DOB: 9/06/1981
    110 Atlantic Avenue, Mascot, Florida
    Charges: 
    • 843.02 Resisting Officer without Violence
    • 812.014(2)(A)1 Grand Theft $100,000 or more
    • 810.02(4)(B) Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance

     
    Alberto Obaya
    Hispanic Male, DOB: 8/23/1972
    8215 Fletcher Country Estates, Plant City, Florida
    Charges: 
    • 843.02 Resisting Officer without Violence
    • 893.13(6)(A) Possession of Controlled Substance
    • 812.014(2)(A)1 Grand Theft $100,000 or more
    • 810.02(4)(B) Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance

    Details:

    HCSO Deputies recovered over half a million dollars of Patron Tequila last night when they caught four thieves red handed trying to get away with the merchandise in the Thonotosassa area.
     
    Around 11 p.m. last night a truck driver hauling the load of tequila was stopped for dinner at the Tampa Truck Stop, 6503 N. US Highway 301, when he noticed his trailer was no longer attached. Deputies searched and found the semi-trailer near the intersection of Ike Smith Road and McIntosh Road around 12:30 a.m. They observed the four men listed above transferring cases of Patron Tequila to another box truck that was registered to them.  Before the deputies moved in, the men had transferred over 20 cases from the fully loaded 53’ trailer. Vidal, Ramirez and Obaya were arrested without issue at the scene. Lemuel Escobar attempted to flee the scene but was located and arrested nearby at 13910 McIntosh Road.
     
    There were approximately 966 cases of the tequila with a retail value of $507,105. This remains an active investigation and all the information available for release at this time.
     
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