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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-258

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 19, 2019
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    Laptop Thefts

    Second employee arrested for laptop thefts
    • Wednesday
    • June 19, 2019
    • Time: 2:38 PM
    • 17453 Hugh Lane
    • Land O Lakes, FL 34638

    Update:

    Arrested:

    Phillip Jovan Hill
    Black Male
    DOB: 10/20/1988

    A second employee of WellCare, a health insurance provider, has been arrested for stealing company computers and selling the items online.

    On Monday, June 17, detectives were made aware of an advertisement on an Offer Up account where an unknown suspect was selling a HP laptop reported stolen from WellCare. It was discovered that the ad was posted by a pawn shop in Hillsborough County.

    Detectives learned that the suspect had pawned approximately 15 HP laptops, two HP monitors and one HP hard drive at various pawn shops within the county. The total amount of pawned property was $2,845.

    HCSO detectives, along with WellCare personnel, confronted Phillip Jovan Hill, 30, about the stolen property at work. Hill admitted to taking the computer equipment. An additional three HP laptops and two hard drives, all stolen from
    WellCare, were located in his vehicle.

    Hill was arrested on Tuesday, June 18, and charged with Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property (X12) and False Information to Pawn Broker (X12).

    His coworker, John Marlin Burwell, was arrested on June 13, also for stealing laptops. Both Hill and Burwell's booking photos are attached.

    Original Release:

    Arrested:

    John Marlin Burwell
    Black Male
    DOB: 06/12/1969
    Address: 17453 Hugh Lane, Land O Lakes, FL 34638

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, arrested a Land O Lakes man on Thursday for stealing more than a dozen laptops from his employer in the Town N Country area and selling them online.

    On June 12, HCSO detectives were called to a health insurance provider called WellCare, located at 8725 Henderson Road in Town N Country, after the company reported a theft of approximately 50 HP laptops. It was discovered that the computers, totaling approximately $70,000, were removed from the IT department over the last few months and were being sold through the Facebook Marketplace and the OfferUp app.

    The laptops were track down in Pasco County through a GPS system within the computers. On Thursday, June 13, HCSO detectives and street crimes deputies collaborated with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to located and arrest 50-year-old John Marlin Burwell, an employee of WellCare, during a traffic stop. They found five HP laptops inside Burwell's vehicle. Burwell later admitted to taking the laptops from WellCare and selling them online.

    Approximately seven laptops were already sold. An additional 12 HP laptops were located at Burwell's residence in Land O Lakes.

    Burwell was arrested by PCSO for five counts of Dealing in Stolen Property. Charges are forth coming regarding the theft from Hillsborough County. Follow up will be conducted to attempt to locate the other stolen laptops.

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