Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Tavorik Tingling (Arrested)
Address: 3735 141st Place North, Apt. A
Arrested for Armed Robbery, Attempted Armed Robbery and Vehicle Burglary
Patrol deputies have arrested a juvenile suspect for armed robbery after he robbed two juveniles; and then attempted to rob another juvenile on the Pinellas Trail. It was further determined that the suspect had also previously committed several vehicle burglaries.
The armed robbery and attempted armed robbery occurred at about 5:58 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
The crimes occurred on the Pinellas Trail and Walsingham Road.
According to deputies, the suspect, identified as 16-year-old Tavorik Tingling, approached two juvenile females that were rollerblading on the trail. Deputies say he pointed a gun at them and demanded their cell phones. He further demanded their passwords to unlock the phones. The female victims complied and the suspect fled on foot.
Deputies say a short time later, Tingling pointed a gun at another juvenile victim riding a bike, in an attempt to commit a robbery. The victim continued riding and got away.
Through various investigative techniques, deputies were able to locate the suspect at a private residence on 116th Avenue North. Deputies made contact with the suspect and arrested him for armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.
Deputies recovered the victims' cell phones.
Deputies say they also recovered the gun used in the robbery. The weapon was subsequently determined to have been stolen during a previous vehicle burglary.
Furthermore, deputies found the suspect to be in possession of a backpack that contained various electronic devices, wallets and credit cards..
Detectives say Tingling admitted to previously stealing items from various vehicles.
Additional charges may be forthcoming.
The investigation continues.
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