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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-012

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 4, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Cell Phones Thieves On The Loose

    Deputies want to identify two men seen in surveillance video.
    • Friday
    • December 21, 2018
    • Time: 3:33 PM
    • Cell Xchange
    • 410 S. Ware Boulevard
    • Tampa

    Surveillance Video:


    1) Black male, 5'5”-5'7”, 235-250 lbs, last seen wearing a burnt orange colored sweatshirt, light-colored shirt, dark pants, dark shoes, and "dog tags" around his neck.
    2) Black male, 5'11”-6'1”, 165-185 lbs, full beard, last seen wearing a white or gray sweatshirt, gray pants with a black stripe, red shoes, and a gray hat.

    Suspect Vehicle:

    2000-2001, 4-door silver Chevy Malibu, missing front left hubcap         


    On December 21, 2018 at approximately 3:33 p.m., two black males entered a shopping plaza and proceeded to the 4th floor where the Cell Xchange business is located, 410 S. Ware Blvd. The unknown suspects entered the business and were confronted by a witness. The suspect wearing the orange-colored sweatshirt brandished a silver, semi-automatic handgun and demanded the witness to tell him where the stuff was. The witness proceeded to a safe and opened it at the direction of the suspect. The suspects began removing cell phones from within the safe and placing them into a blue, Adidas shoe box. The suspects fled the business and were picked up by an older model Chevy Impala that was waiting outside. The vehicle was missing its front, left hubcap and fled west through the parking lot then north on Ware Blvd. 
    Anyone with any information reference these suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspects 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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