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Palm Harbor man arrested for breaking into cars, stealing property

Jeffrey Mathis

Jeffrey Mathis, 34

PALM HARBOR — A 34-year-old Palm Harbor man was arrested Friday night after Pinellas County detectives found several credit cards, drivers licenses, gift cards and one blank check in his possession.

Jeffrey Carl Mathis snooped around residential areas and broke into unprotected cars, nabbing credit cards and other personal identification items, according to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

After a few months of investigating a handful of credit card frauds, detectives zeroed in on Mathis. He was picked up along U.S. 19 late Friday night, searched and brought to Pinellas County Jail. He faces numerous charges, including grand theft auto, possession of stolen property and possession of narcotics, resisting an officer without violence.

The case is ongoing since authorities believe Mathis is connected with a string of thefts in Pasco and Pinellas counties. Anyone with information should call detective Steve Tacia at (727) 582-6200.

Palm Harbor man arrested for breaking into cars, stealing property 07/05/14 [Last modified: Sunday, July 6, 2014 1:21pm]
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