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    Release Number: 19-181

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 25, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Fraudsters Targeting Area Walgreens stores

    The duo was able to walk out of the store with more than $700 worth of ready-to-use gift cards.
    • Thursday
    • April 18, 2019
    • Time: 10:00 PM
    • Walgreens, 705 N Pebble Beach Bl, Sun City Center
    • Walgreens, 13911 Nine Eagles Dr, Tampa
    • Walgreens, 8706 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa

    Suspects:

     
    1. Black male, approximately 6'2," 160-180lbs, thin build, last seen wearing Georgia Bulldogs hat, red t-shirt, tan pants
    2. Black male, approximately 5'10" to 6'0," 235-250lbs, large build, last seen wearing yellow Florida State Seminoles t-shirt, blue hat with a red Maple Leaf, blue jeans

    Details:

    Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are searching for a pair of fraudsters who are targeting Walgreens stores across Hillsborough County.

    On April 18, just before 10 p.m., two male suspects entered the Walgreens Pharmacy located at 705 North Pebble Beach Blvd in Sun City Center. One of the men distracted the store clerk while the other man grabbed Foot Locker and Vanilla Visa Gift Cards. He pressed the "Cash" button on the register, indicating a valid transaction. The duo was able to walk out of the store with more than $700 worth of ready-to-use gift cards.

    Earlier that day, the same suspects committed the same fraud around 4 p.m. at the Walgreens located at 13911 Nine Eagles Drive in Tampa and around 4 a.m. at the Walgreens located at 8706 West Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. Each time they got away with both a $250 Foot Locker gift card and a $500 Vanilla Visa Gift Card. The suspects are believed to have committed this fraud at Walgreens stores in Pinellas County as well.

    The suspects are described as black males. One of the suspects is approximately 6'2," 160-180lbs with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a Georgia Bulldogs hat, a red t-shirt and tan pants. The other suspect is approximately 5'10" to 6'0," 235-250lbs with a large build. He was last seen wearing a yellow Florida State Seminoles t-shirt, a blue hat with a red Maple Leaf and blue jeans. Pictures of the suspects from each of the three incidents are attached.

    Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. In order to be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

     
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