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Police seek tips in string of auto burglaries

A surveillance photo shows a man suspected of about two dozen vehicle burglaries.

Tarpon Springs police

A surveillance photo shows a man suspected of about two dozen vehicle burglaries.

tarpon springs

Police seek tips in string of auto burglaries

Police are asking for help in identifying a man suspected of burglarizing at least two dozen vehicles in the Oakleaf Village subdivision last week. The burglaries — on eight streets in the neighborhood — were discovered Friday morning. Tarpon Springs police got images, time-stamped at 3:26 a.m., from a surveillance system belonging to a resident in the subdivision. The photos show what appears to be a white man of undetermined age wearing a hat, hooded sweat shirt, gloves and backpack. The man is holding a crowbar and a flashlight. In two of the photos, it appears the man is peering into a car window before he tries the door handle to see if the car is unlocked. In most of the thefts, the man broke windows to get inside. Some were entered through unlocked doors. Victims lost various items, such as GPS devices, stereo equipment and bags, police said. The thefts happened on Red Oak Drive, Whispering Oak Drive, Burning Tree Road, Vermont Avenue, Silver Oak Drive, Rolling Wood Court, White Oak Court and Timber Lane. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Tarpon Springs police detectives at (727) 938-2840.

Police release ID of body found in river

Police on Tuesday identified a pedestrian found drowned in the Anclote River last week as 48-year-old William Larry Hadsock of Tarpon Springs. Police said there is no sign of external or internal trauma. Fluids in the lungs were consistent with drowning. The final cause of death, however, won't be released until a toxicology report is returned. Hadsock, who was in a T-shirt and jeans, was floating face down a few feet from the sea wall behind Pelican Point Seafood, 933 Dodecanese Blvd., on Friday, Tarpon Springs police said. Napoleon Grantsaris, 51, of Indiana was walking along the water when he saw the body and dragged it to shore with the help of Steven Reis, 47, of New Port Richey, police said. The men tied Hadsock to a boat and called 911. Police arrived at 3:33 p.m., and Hadsock was pronounced dead by paramedics 10 minutes later.


Project closes lane of Myrtle Avenue

A southbound curb lane of Myrtle Avenue from Jasmine Way to Magnolia Drive will remain closed until Friday during daylight hours due to a stormwater pipe lining project.

Police seek tips in string of auto burglaries 02/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:01pm]
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