Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Police: St. Petersburg woman may be tied to organized theft ring

CLEARWATER — Authorities say a woman accused of stealing boots from a discount department store, then trying to run down a security guard may be part of an organized theft ring operating in at least two Tampa Bay area counties.

Police arrested Santana Gamble, 25, on charges of felony battery, aggravated assault, resisting arrest without violence, petty theft, possession or use of antishoplifting device, criminal mischief, resisting a merchant's employee and driving while her license was suspended or revoked.

According to Clearwater police, Gamble went into the Marshalls at 21323 U.S. 19 N about 6:50 p.m. Thursday and removed an antitheft device from a pair of boots.

Police say she left the store without paying for the boots and another item.

A store loss-prevention officer and a shopping mall security guard approached Gamble as she got into her 1994 Honda.

As she drove off, police said, she tried to run over the security guard and hit two parked cars.

Police did not immediately release how Gamble was taken into custody. But while officers were investigating, they found merchandise stolen from Ross stores in Hillsborough County.

Clearwater police detectives found more than 70 items, including shoes, clothing, electronics, games and toys that came from Ross or Family Dollar stores.

Clearwater police are coordinating with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, as they suspect Gamble may be part of an organized theft ring in Clearwater and neighboring jurisdictions.

Gamble, of 2026 Fourth St. S, Unit D, St. Petersburg, was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Friday after posting $41,250 bail.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Police: St. Petersburg woman may be tied to organized theft ring 12/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 6:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up

    Blogs

    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  2. Tampa Bay Times honored for top investigative story in Gerald Loeb annual business awards

    Business

    The Tampa Bay Times was a co-winner in the investigative category for one of the highest honors in business journalism.

    Tampa Bay Times current and former staff writers William R. Levesque, Nathaniel Lash and Anthony Cormier were honored in the investigative category for their coverage of "Allegiant Air" in the 60th Anniversary Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. 
[JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times

]

  3. Pasco woman gives birth to child fathered by 11 year old, deputies say

    Crime

    A Port Richey woman was arrested Tuesday, nearly three years after deputies say she gave birth to a child fathered by an 11-year-old boy.

    Marissa Mowry, 25, was arrested Tuesday on charges she sexually assaulted an 11-year-old and gave birth to his child. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  5. St. Petersburg showdown: Kriseman faces Baker for first time tonight at the Rev. Louis Murphy Sr.'s church

    Local Government

    A standing-room-only crowd packed a Midtown church banquet hall Tuesday to witness the first face-off between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker in what is a watershed mayoral contest in the city's history.

    Former Mayor Rick Baker, left, is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, to become St. Petersburg mayor.