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Detectives have recovered approximately 1,500 pieces of jewelry and various collectable items.
Over the past 14 months, detectives with the District III Investigations Unit investigated a residential burglary trend that victimized residents within the Westchase, Citrus Park, and Carrollwood areas of Hillsborough County. Detectives identified over 30 residential burglaries matching the same mode of entry, targeting the same type of property.
The suspect entered residences primarily through a back, sliding glass door to the residences. The suspect would primarily commit the burglaries between the hours of 6:00 PM and 1:00 AM. The suspect targeted jewelry, small electronics, safes, coins, and high-end collectables to include rare stamp collections, sports cards collections, and comic book collections. Of these cases, numerous surveillance cameras captured a subject wearing a hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, baseball style hat, and a cross-shoulder style bag.
Through investigative means, detectives were able to identify Gilberto Vazquez (DOB: 04/11/73) as a possible suspect. Detectives sent Gilberto Vazquez’ DNA profile to the lab to compare it against the three cases that contained the same male profile. The DNA came back as a match, putting Vazquez at three of the burglary scenes. Detectives issued arrest warrants for Vasquez for Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling (x3) and Grand Theft (x3).
On November 6, 2018, Gilberto Vazquez was arrested in Springfield, MA on the warrants. Further, Springfield Police Department had a DNA hit on a local burglary matching Vazquez’ DNA. Detectives conducted a search warrant at Vazquez’ residence and recovered property from multiple residential burglaries.
Approximate dollar amount of stolen property from the burglaries is over $530,000 dollars. At this time, detectives have recovered approximately 1,500 pieces of jewelry and various collectable items. A total of ten search warrants have been authored while investigating this case.