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14-104 Detectives Add Residential Burglary Charges To Arrested Suspect; Recover Over $100,000 In Stolen Jewelry And Other Items

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Burglary and Pawn Unit

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Henry William Gass (Arrested- Currently being held at Hillsborough County Jail)
DOB: 08/23/1982
Address: 8908 Citrus Village Drive #207, Tampa
Arrested for Residential Burglary and Grand Theft; Unrelated charges included one count misdemeanor possession of marijuana, one count misdemeanor possession of prescription pills, one count  possession of drug paraphernalia, and a VOP from Collier County

The  burglary occurred at a home in Tarpon Springs.

What:
Detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Burglary and Pawn Unit have added charges of residential burglary and grand theft to a suspect arrested over the weekend in Tampa-with the assistance of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

When:
The suspect was arrested on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

The residential burglary occurred on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Where:
The suspect was arrested during a traffic stop in Tampa.

The burglary occurred at a private residence located in Tarpon Springs.

Why/How:
On Saturday, May 10th, 2014  detectives assigned to the Burglary and Pawn Unit responded to investigate a residential burglary that occurred at  Tarpon Springs residence. The victim reported that over $103,000 worth of jewelry and personal items had been stolen from her home.

The victim advised that the pool cleaner, identified as 31-year-old Henry William Gass, had arrived at her residence that day. She further advised deputies that she lost sight of him for a few minutes and that he then abruptly left her residence, leaving his pool cleaning tools behind. The victim later discovered that her jewelry was missing.

Through their investigation, detectives determined the suspect lived in Tampa. After initially not locating him at his place of residence; detectives requested the assistance of deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. HCSO deputies and Pinellas deputies established surveillance and later located the suspect, conducted a traffic stop and HCSO arrested him for various drug related charges and a VOP from Collier County.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives were subsequently able to locate the stolen jewelry inside the suspect’s work truck as well as inside his home. The recovered items were identified by the victim and returned to her possession.

During an interview by Pinellas Sheriff’s detectives, Gass admitted to the crime. The suspect was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail on their charges. On May 13th detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Gass’ extradition to Pinellas County on burglary and grand theft charges.

The suspect was employed at Masters Pool Care, LLC in Tampa.

The investigation continues.

Anyone with additional information that may assist detectives in this case is asked to contact Detective Alan Clark of the Burglary and Pawn Unit at (727) 582-6200.

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