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Tampa gold thieves use garbage chute

Police are searching for two men they say broke into a flea market through a garbage chute and stole several hundred dollars in gold chains.

At about 1 a.m. Friday, police say the two men entered the Tampa Indoor Flea Market, 11612 N Nebraska Ave., through a garbage chute behind the building. At the TS Gold store inside the market, they forced open the door using a power jack and stole several hundred dollars worth of gold chains with large medallions.

When the store alarm went off, the thieves got away by using the garbage chute.

Police described the first thief as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10, and 170 to 185 pounds. He has short brown hair and was wearing a black T-shirt, shorts and white tube socks on his hands.

The second thief, a white man, was of unknown height and weight, wearing a dark T-shirt, shorts and a bandana covering his face, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.


Unconscious man pulled from the bay

Rescuers pulled an unconscious man out of Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon after his boat capsized near the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Allen M. Biggs, 51, of Tampa was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, said Gary Morse, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman. He was in serious condition Saturday night.

Officials from the wildlife commission, the Coast Guard, Tampa police and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office searched for other survivors for three hours before Biggs regained consciousness and told them he was alone on the 28-foot Larson, which hasn't been recovered.

"In these cases, jurisdiction is irrelevant, " Morse said. "Everyone pitches in to help."


Riverview flier indicted in scare

A federal grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old Riverview man on two charges relating to a trans-Atlantic flight being diverted to Bangor, Maine.

Derek Stansberry is scheduled to be arraigned July 28 in U.S. District Court in Bangor, the Bangor Daily News said. He was indicted on charges of interference with a flight crew, giving false information and making threats.

Prosecutors say Stansberry passed a note to a flight attendant saying he had a fake passport and told air marshals that he had dynamite aboard a Paris-to-Atlanta flight April 27.

His attorney said his actions were out of character and that he has no criminal record.

He is free on $20,000 bail.

Times staff and wires

Tampa gold thieves use garbage chute 07/17/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:03pm]
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