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The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying and locating a possibly armed man in the Seffner area.
At 4:13 a.m. on Friday, May 3
, a residential burglary was reported at a home on the 10000 block of Highway 579 in Seffner. One of the items stolen was a rifle. While investigating the burglary call, around 4:20 a.m., another resident called 911 to report seeing a man dressed in black and holding a rifle. The homeowner confronted the man, and the man fled on foot.
At approximately 4:26 a.m. an overnight employee at Commercial Duct Systems, located at 9707 Williams Road in Seffner, reported seeing a man inside the building who was dressed in black with his face covered and carrying a riffle. The two employees who were inside at the time of the incident exited the building before calling 911.
Within 10 minutes, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was on scene and dispatched multiple units, including SWAT, Bomb, Crisis Negotiators, Aviation and K-9 out of an abundance of caution to aid in the search for the possibly armed suspect and set up a perimeter around the business. The building was secured and a portion of Williams Road, between Harney Road and Joe Ebert Road, was shut down. After clearing the building, the subject was not located.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the subject involved in this incident. The male subject was last seen wearing all black clothing. No further description is available. Anyone with information is asked to call 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.