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Release Number: 19-267
- For Immediate Release:
- Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- July 1, 2019
- Contact Person:
- Public Affairs Office : firstname.lastname@example.org
Stolen Vehicle Recovery
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reaches $1 million mark on stolen vehicles recovered.
- July 1, 2019
- Time: 1:11 PM
- Hillsborough County
- Tampa, FL
Sheriff Chad Chronister is pleased to announce that the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has helped recover more than $1 million worth of stolen vehicles.
Over the past six months, from January 1 to July 1, 2019, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Eye on Crime unit assisted in the recovery of 81 stolen vehicles with an approximate total value of $1,001,300. These stolen vehicle investigations also lead to the arrests of 39 suspects with charges including Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance, and various warrants.
"I couldn't be more excited that we as a sheriff's office have been able to integrate technology into our crime fighting with such great success," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Our Eye on Crime cameras allow our covert units to move in and effect arrest without causing damage or putting our community at risk due to some lengthy pursuit."
The Eye on Crime unit monitors more than one hundred cameras placed strategically across the county as well as license plate readers. Eye on Crime personnel are able to notify patrol units immediately when a stolen vehicle or license plate passes a reader and provide timely updates to deputies as they track the vehicle. Personnel also monitor radio traffic and provide assistance with any active calls in the area of the cameras. Videos of traffic crashes, missing persons, and fleeing suspects are commonly provided.