Thieves target Tampa Bay area residents, stealing IDs and checkbooks

Officials shared this photo of a potential suspect.

SPRING HILL, FL (WFLA) – Recently, as members of the Spring Hill YMCA worked to stay healthy, thieves broke into cars in the parking lot. The thieves smashed windows to steal driver’s licenses and other IDs and checkbooks.

These alleged thieves then took extreme measures to fool bank tellers so they could cash the checks. 

“Whether it’s shaving, of whether it’s makeup, or whether it’s wigs, a lot of times they’ll try to do that to make themselves look like the person in that picture as much as possible,” Det. William Cooper with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.

Bank cameras caught one woman in the act. Police say she used a stolen ID and checks to get away with cash. “In this case, that could be the key that leads us to more people,” Det. Cooper said.

Police say these thieves have also hit Hernando County, Tampa, Clearwater and Safety Harbor. 

“Unfortunately, this is one of the largest ones I’ve had recently. The victim that came through, she’s out over $8,000,” Cooper said.

Take Mike Diaz’s advice to keep yourself safe. “Don’t leave anything visible. I really don’t keep anything in the car that somebody can have,” Diaz said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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