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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-709

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 17, 2017
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    Shoplifting Ring Busted

    Detectives believe the merchandise was stolen from several different areas between Riverview and Orlando.
    • Thursday
    • November 16, 2017
    • Time: 12:27 PM
    • 9624 S Highway 301


    Derek Nathaniel Thomas
    DOB: 11/8/89
    12209 N. 16th St.
    Tampa, FL

    Charges: Petit Theft, Resisting Officer without Violence, Possession of Anti-Shoplifting Device, Resisting Arrest or Detention in Retail Theft

    Alana Jacole Burnett
    DOB: 2/16/99
    9612 Seadale Ct.
    Riverview, FL

    Charge: Petit Theft

    Joseph Columbus Brown
    DOB: 12/11/98
    2408 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
    Tampa, FL

    Charges: Petit Theft, Possession of Marijuana



    On November 16, 2017 at approximately 12:27 p.m., deputies responded to the Bealls Outlet, located at 9624 S. Hwy. 301, in reference to a theft in progress call for service. Upon arrival, Derek Thomas fled on foot through the parking lot. After a brief foot pursuit, Derek Thomas was taken into custody near the intersection of Boyette Rd./S. Hwy. 301.

    A black, Infiniti sedan, belonging to Derek Thomas, was also observed fleeing the area. Detectives observed the vehicle at La Petite Way/Andy Dr. and were able to stop the vehicle. The occupants were identified as Joseph Brown and Alana Burnett. Detectives searched the vehicle and located marijuana, a very large amount of store merchandise and clothes with the tags attached, along with several anti-shoplifting devices. Detectives believe the merchandise was stolen from several different areas between Riverview and Orlando.
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