Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Burglar shot as he flees Plant City home, deputies say

PLANT CITY — A suspect was shot in the foot by a homeowner Tuesday after being caught trying to flee a residence during a string of break-ins, deputies say.

At 7:12 a.m., deputies say, a homeowner found Christopher Scott Collins, 34, inside his 4926 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. home. Collins stole a .380 pistol before fleeing on foot upon being discovered, Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

The homeowner called the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which tracked the man by canine unit and helicopter.

Collins then went to 4740 Dawn Meadow Court in Plant City, Carter said, where he stole a change of clothes. But when homeowner, Anthony Mendolia, 59, arrived home and found Collins in his home, he took action, firing at the suspect several times, hitting Collins in the left foot.

Collins tried to flee again, but dropped the stolen gun along the way, Carter said. Deputies detained him not far away, at 4729 Dawn Meadow Court, and took him to South Florida Baptist Hospital, where he was treated and released into deputies' custody.

He is also charged in connection with four other recent burglaries, including a June 28 break-in at a deputy's home in Dover, during which ammunition, jewelry, money and a bulletproof vest were stolen.

His charges include burglary, grand theft, being a felon in possession of ammunition, four counts of criminal mischief, three counts of armed burglary and grand theft firearm.

Collins, of 1319 Holloway Road in Plant City, was being held without bail at Orient Road Jail.

Burglar shot as he flees Plant City home, deputies say 07/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 3, 2008 10:26am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida Specialty Insurance acquires Pinellas Park's Mount Beacon Insurance

    Banking

    Tens of thousands of homeowners who were pushed out of Citizens Property Insurance for a private carrier since 2014 are finding themselves changing insurance companies yet again.

  2. Pope Francis presents Trump with a 'politically loaded gift': His encyclical on climate change

    Global Warming

    VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to make his point with a gift.

    Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Wednesday.  [Evan Vucci/Pool via The New York Times]
  3. Tampa police say 41-year-old man shot and killed by ex-boss, investigation ongoing

    Crime

    TAMPA — A 41-year-old man was shot and killed by his former boss Wednesday morning outside the West Tampa auto body shop where they once worked together, according to Tampa police.

  4. Father and brother of alleged bomber detained in Libya

    World

    The father and younger brother of the man who British police say bombed an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester have been detained in Libya, where anti-terror authorities said the brother confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot.

    Hashim Ramadan Abedi appears inside the Tripoli-based Special Deterrent anti-terrorism force unit after his arrest on Tuesday for alleged links to the Islamic State extremist group. Abedi is the brother of Salman Abedi, who has been identified as the man behind the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester. [Ahmed Bin Salman, Special Deterrent Force via AP]
  5. Marijuana extract Epidiolex helps some kids with epilepsy, study shows

    Health

    A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits.

    An employee checks a plant at LeafLine Labs, a medical marijuana production facility in Cottage Grove, Minn. [Associated Press (2015)]