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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-226

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 23, 2019
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    Man Fire Bombs Porch In Wimauma

    Arson suspect arrested.
    • Thursday
    • May 23, 2019
    • Time: 12:30 AM
    • 16000 Block of Carlton Lake Road
    • Wimauma


    (2018 Booking Photo)

    Jeffery Michael Tomko
    White Male
    DOB: 03/06/1991

    A man wanted for firebombing the porch of a home in Wimauma early Thursday morning has been arrested. Through a tip from the public, Jeffery Tomko, 28, was located and arrested Thursday evening in Manatee County. Tomko is now facing an arson charge. No other information is available at this time. Thank you to the public for your assistance.

    Surveillance Video:


    A man was caught on home surveillance video setting fire to a porch in Wimauma. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is working to identify the arson suspect.

    Around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, an unknown white male placed a bottle containing an unknown substance with a paper wick on the porch of a home on the 16000 block of Carlton Lake Road in Wimauma.

    The subject then ignited the device causing a small explosion. The man fled westbound on foot. The fire continued to burn on the porch until a neighbor alerted the resident of the home, who came outside and extinguished the fire with a garden hose. The incident was captured by the resident's home surveillance camera.

    Approximately $100 of damage was done to the residence. Anyone who recognizes this arson suspect should contact 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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