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Release Number: 09-039    (09-118)

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

February 18, 2009  updated April 24, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060


































Hispanic Male,  late 20’s, 5’7” – 5’9”, 160-170 lbs., medium build, black hair, dark complexion, possible mustache.

Last seen wearing – unknown type hat, light color flannel shirt, jeans, and black cloth gloves.


Vehicle description:  unknown make, small tan vehicle, 4 door – similar to a Saturn






Seeking information  on Home Invasion Robberies of elderly


Incidents occurred February 3 – April 22, 2009


Hillsborough County












Between the dates of February 3 and April 22, 2009 there have been several home invasion robberies (5 – 3 in the Sun City Area, 1 in Ruskin and 1 in District three area) within Hillsborough County that are specifically targeting elderly victim’s.  In each of the cases a man, posing as a pest control employee has entered the home of an elderly female and started walking through the home spraying an unknown substance with a stray bottle.  The suspect tells the victims that he is there to spray for bugs and acts like the treatment was scheduled with the victim.  In every case the suspect has sprayed the victim on the arm or hand and immediately rushed them to the sink and told the victim that they need to wash the chemical off immediately and remove their jewelry.   In each of these cases the suspect has removed various jewelry and fled the scene with the victim’s property.  There have been similar incidents in Palm Beach County, Florida, City of Tampa and Sarasota.


It is believed that the victim’s have been followed home from a store or shopping center to their homes prior to these offenses being commited.


Anyone with any information reference the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.