Cops trying to ID serial burglars who’ve hit 16 South Tampa homes

Surveillance images show the burglars.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)– Police are asking for help identifying serial thieves who’ve burglarized at least 16 South Tampa residences in the last three months. In the most recent burglary, they pried open a door.

Tampa Police Department investigators say the thieves have been going after jewelry. So far, several hundred thousand dollars worth of jewelry has been stolen.

Surveillance image.
Surveillance image.

The most recent burglary happened at 3:30 p.m. on July 12. Investigators say a white male and a Hispanic male entered the home at 4715 San Jose Street West in Tampa by prying open a rear door.

Surveillance video recorded the white male ringing the door bell while wearing a blue latex glove. He was wearing a black ball cap with red writing, dark-colored t-shirt and dark pants. The second suspect was a well dressed Hispanic male, 25-35 years old, 5′ 08″ to 6′ tall, and weighing 170 lbs. He was wearing a white, button-down shirt and dark jeans.

Investigators say the suspects spent time ransacking the residence, going room to room to select personal items and jewelry. When the homeowner arrived, the suspects dropped the pillowcases containing the items.

The suspects were seen on surveillance video being dropped off by a black, newer model Jeep Renegade that was driven by a third unknown suspect. The vehicle was seen circling the area until the suspects ran from the residence on foot toward Westshore Boulevard.

Detectives believe that the suspects are responsible for at least 16 residential burglaries in the South Tampa area since March 26, 2016. See surveillance video and photos from a previous burglary.

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