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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-072

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 27, 2017
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Detectives Arrested Cigarette Thief

    The suspect attempted to force entry into another Walgreens and Citgo station.
    • Saturday
    • February 25, 2017
    • Time: 4:52 AM
    • Walgreens
    • 5709 Gunn Highway
    • Tampa, Florida


    The suspect has been identified as Paul Maggese.  He has been arrested.

    Paul Maggese
    DOB: 10/31/1971
    12513 Cambridge Avenue
    Charges:  Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure (3 Counts) and Grand Theft Third Degree ($300 - $5000)


    Male last seen wearing blue jeans, a light red long-sleeved shirt, black sneakers, a blue towel or shirt covering his face, black gloves and a black kit cap.

    Suspect Vehicle:

    Unknown style/color bicycle with a bike light, possibly a hybrid style road/mountain bike.


    On February 25, 2017 at 4:52 a.m., an unknown suspect made forced entry into the Walgreens located at 5709 Gunn Hwy. Once inside, the suspect crawled to the cash register area and obtained multiple Newport cigarette cartons and Marlboro packs. The suspect then fled the area and was last seen riding a bicycle eastbound towards Lynn Rd. The same suspect also attempted to make forced entry into the Walgreens located at 6503 W Waters Ave. at 3:53 a.m. and the Citgo located at 6318 W Linebaugh Ave. at 4:16 a.m. No entry was made and no property was taken at those locations.

    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.
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