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    Release Number: 19-050

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 1, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Suspect Identified In Car Theft Case

    He is wanted for stealing a vehicle from a Tampa apartment complex and later selling the stolen vehicle.
    • Friday
    • February 1, 2019
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    Armando Charlotten
    Hispanic Male
    DOB: 1/20/1986

    Wanted for:
    Grand Theft $300 less than $5,000
    Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Uttering a Forged Instrument, and Dealing in Stolen Property


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for Armando Charlotten, 32, who is wanted for stealing a vehicle from a Tampa apartment complex and later selling the stolen vehicle.

    Between December 8 to December 27, 2018, Juan Romero-Hernandez, a Colombian exchange student at the University of South Florida, discovered his gray Volkswagen was stolen from his apartment complex in Tampa while he was out of the country visiting his family in Colombia.

    The stolen vehicle was sold three times, ultimately ending up in the possession of Carvana, an online used car retailer. After detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office tracked down the stolen vehicle, representatives with Carvana returned the stolen vehicle to the Romero-Hernandez free of charge on Tuesday, January 29. Video and pictures from the media event can be found on our Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

    Detectives were able to trace the vehicle theft to Charlotten, who previously lived at the same apartment complex as the victim. Charlotten is now wanted for Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Uttering a Forged Instrument and Dealing in Stolen Property, in addition to a previous warrant for his arrest for a charge of Grand Theft($300-$5,000).

    Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You may also send an anonymous tip from a smart phone using HCSOSheriff app available on both android and apple products. 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 their 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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