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14-149 Detectives Investigate Stolen Vehicle Found In The Water Near Beach Access In Madeira Beach

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Marine Unit
Investigative Operations Bureau
- Arson/Auto Theft Unit

US Coast Guard

 

Julia Ann & Keith Alan Robillard (Grand Theft Auto Victim)
Address: 6907 Circle Creek Drive, Pinellas Park
Stolen vehicle: 2001 Izuzu Vehicross (yellow in color)

What:
Deputies located a stolen vehicle that had been driven into the water near the beach access across from Johns Pass in Madeira Beach. Detectives are now seeking information to identify the suspect who stole the vehicle from the victim’s home in Pinellas Park.

When:
Deputies responded to the scene at approximately 4:24 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The vehicle was stolen in the overnight hours between Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Where:
The vehicle was stolen from a private residence in Pinellas Park. The vehicle was located in the water near the beach access across from Johns Pass located at 12924 Gulf Blvd. in Madeira Beach.

Why/How:
Deputies responded to an initial call for a water rescue at the beach access across from Johns Pass in Madeira Beach near 129th Avenue and Gulf Blvd. at approximately 4:24 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. When deputies arrived they located tire marks in the sand leading up to the water. Deputies then located a yellow vehicle submerged in the water. Members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team entered the water and did not locate anyone inside the vehicle. The windows and sunroof of the vehicle were open.

Crews were able to pull the vehicle from the water and the registered owner was contacted.

Deputies advised the vehicle had been stolen from the owner’s residence in Pinellas Park on February 12, 2014 and recovered later that day in the Pinellas Park area. The keys to the vehicle were inside the vehicle at the time of the theft. When the vehicle was recovered the keys were not inside or returned to the owner. The vehicle was stolen again in the overnight hours between Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

The vehicle was found to have the keys in the ignition and a cement paver was found on the accelerator when it was pulled from the water.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this theft to please contact Detective M. Johnson of the Arson/Auto Theft Unit at (727) 582-6200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

The investigation continues.

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