Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Investigative Operations Bureau – Burglary and Pawn Unit
What: Deputies have been investigating a rash of vehicle burglaries throughout Pinellas County over the last two weeks
Where: Burglaries have been occurring countywide
When: The offenses have been occurring over the last two weeks
Deputies want to remind Pinellas County citizens to lock their car doors when vehicles are left unattended.
Numerous vehicle burglaries have occurred within the last 2 weeks in Pinellas County. Specifically, unoccupied vehicles have been targeted while parents are dropping their children off at schools and daycare facilities.
Property stolen has been purses and valuables left in plain view. Suspects have either smashed the passenger window or the door has been left unlocked.
Suspects have been parking next to the victim’s vehicle when the burglary occurs to conceal their identity. Soon after, the suspects have cashed stolen checks using the identification of the victims.
A recent suspect vehicle has been a newer, dark colored SUV. Possibly a Mercedes make.
Anyone with information reference this type of activity is asked to call Pinellas County Burglary and Pawn Unit Detectives at 582-6200. Or, to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.