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Detectives are asking for any information on who may be involved in thefts occurring within new subdivisions under construction in South Hillsborough County. The suspects are entering homes to steal new appliances. During the month of May, 62 new appliances were taken, along with lumber, copper and other miscellaneous items. Detectives in District IV have seen a significant increase in construction thefts in nearly all new subdivisions from the Fish Hawk/Riverview area down the Big Bend corridor to Apollo Breach and Ruskin. In April, there were 21 reported incidents, which then spiked to 48 in May. So far this year within the District IV boundaries alone, a total of 132 construction-related thefts were reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The documented loss to victims is over $119,000.
If you have any information on who may be involved in this type of criminal activity, know where the stolen property is being taken or sold, or any information that might be helpful to law enforcement, you can assist by calling the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) involved in these cases. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect(s) 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 the P3 Tips Mobile application. Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.