TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is working to identify a man and a woman suspected in multiple car thefts last month.
The first theft happened on Aug. 22, when the man drove up to a parked car at 2506 S Parsons Ave. in Seffner. He removed a purse, cellphone and laptop from the car, then fled in a silver Mazda 3 hatchback, officials said.
The victim, Tara Pitts, had left her car running and unlocked while she went to pick up her children from Word of His Grace Christian Academic Center.
Five days later, a man in a silver Mazda 3 hatchback bashed in the passenger window of Denisha Lane's car and stole her purse while she was shopping at Walgreens, 4738 W Gandy Blvd., in Tampa. Police were called to investigate.
The next day, a woman in a maroon Impala tried to cash one of Denisha Lane's stolen checks using the stolen debit card and driver's license of Tara Pitts. The transaction was not completed.
That woman, described as white, of medium build, with medium length brown hair, and last seen wearing dark-framed prescription-style glasses and a white T-shirt, was driving a maroon Chevrolet Impala at the time, officials said.
The man was caught on Walgreens' surveillance video.
He is white, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 11, 180 pounds, of medium build and has short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.
Deputies would like anyone with information about these incidents to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.
Marissa Lang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3386.