Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Burglary and Pawn Unit
Detectives assigned to the Burglary and Pawn Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who stole weapons and other police items from an unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle. See attached flyer.
The burglary occurred between 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2013 and 7:00 a.m. on March 12, 2013.
The burglary occurred near 80th Avenue North and 41st Street North in Pinellas Park.
Detectives say the suspect burglarized the unmarked law enforcement vehicle by gaining access to the trunk.
Detectives say the suspect stole a Rock River Arms Rifle with magazines, a Glock-model pistol with Blackhawk paddle holster & drop-down leg holster as well as a black vest with “Sheriff” on the front and back in white letters.
The contents of the vest that were also stolen included Glock-model magazines, a tactical flashlight, a Bench Mark knife, a set of Smith and Wesson handcuffs, and a radio holder. In addition, a black nylon duty belt with handcuff case, expandable baton and holder, and a magazine pouch were taken.
The suspect also stole a black tri-fold leather wallet with a silver Sheriff’s star badge and two agency credentials.
Anyone with information that may assist detectives in identifying a suspect is asked to contact Detective Chris Parkins of the Burglary and Pawn Unit at (727) 582-6200; or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.