Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-150

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

    Crime Trend

    Individuals are stealing from vacuum machines at gas stations.
    • Thursday
    • March 21, 2019
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating an emerging crime trend in our area involving individuals stealing from vacuum machines at gas stations.

    Since March 21, 2019, deputies have received three complaints of unknown suspects breaking into vacuum machines at three different gas stations in Tampa and stealing a combined total of $877 in loose change. The locations targeted include the Circle K located at 12850 Morris Bridge Road in Thonotosassa, the 7-11 located at 5601 E Fletcher Avenue in Tampa, and the Circle K located at 14611 Bruce B. Downs Blvd in Tampa.

    The suspects involved in the crime could be traveling in a white or faded tan work van of an unknown make and model and an unknown make and model pickup truck with a topper.

    Anyone with information in reference to these incidents is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. In order to be eligible for a cash reward, 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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