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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-155

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 7, 2017
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Deputies And ATF Seeking Information About Burglary

    Forty-one weapons stolen early this morning from Ace Hardware.
    • Friday
    • April 7, 2017
    • Time: 3:55 AM
    • Ace Hardware
    • 10415 Highway 39 South
    • Lithia, Florida


    Unknown suspect(s)


    On April 7, 2017 at approximately 3:55 am, unknown suspect(s) entered into the Ace Hardware located at 10415 Highway 39 South, by defeating a chain lock with a cutter (garden center entrance located on the north side of the business). Then smashing the glass door to the garden center, defeated another chain lock with a cutter which was securing the entrance. The suspects then proceeded to the rear of the store where the gun store is located. At this time it appears there were 40 handguns and one long rifle was removed. The suspect(s) then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

    Anyone with any information reference the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to 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.

    In addition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Tampa Arms Company, a federal firearms licensee (FFL), in Tampa, Fla. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000.

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