TAMPA — Hillsborough County deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying a man and a woman who were caught on video surveillance last week apparently trying to break into an empty house in Odessa.
The couple was first spotted walking a dog about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in front of the home at 19714 Wyndmill Circle, authorities said. They were seen on video stopping in the driveway and talking before the woman walked to the front door and knocked. When no one answered, the woman left with the dog. The man then walked to the side of the house, removed a set of window screens and tried to open the windows, deputies said.
The man then walked into the back yard and cut through a screen door to get into the back porch area, authorities said. He tried to open a sliding glass door before moving to try to get inside through the home's garage.
When a car passed the house, the man ran away.
He is described as in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 165 pounds with medium build and a tattoo at the base of his neck. In the surveillance images, he is wearing a Tampa Bay Rays baseball cap, plaid shorts and sandals. The woman is described as between 18 and 21 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds with sandy-colored hair.
Anyone with information about the couple's identity is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.