Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sock puppet burglar hits Brandon Chevron

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office is looking for a sock puppet burglar.

They say a man robbed a Chevron station at 202 W Brandon Blvd. in Brandon at 4:31 a.m. Jan. 18.

Let's go to the news release for the details: "The suspect forced entry to the Chevron by breaking the front window located next to the entry door. Once inside the suspect forced open the cash register and removed cash. He then searched through several cabinets, located cigarettes and placed cigarette cartons in a bag. The suspect then fled the scene."

Oh, and he was wearing socks on his hands, along with a hoodie, and what appeared to be dress pants and shoes.

The burglar is described as a white male, 30 to 49 years old, 5 feet 11 and 190 pounds, with a large build. (From the news release: "more fat than muscular in appearance.")

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200. Anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of the burglar, and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477. You can also make an anonymous report online at or text "CSTB" plus your tip to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S).

Deputies say this image from a surveillance video shows a man robbing a Chevron station at 202 W Brandon Blvd. on Jan. 18.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies say this image from a surveillance video shows a man robbing a Chevron station at 202 W Brandon Blvd. on Jan. 18.

Sock puppet burglar hits Brandon Chevron 01/31/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Before Janessa Shannon's death, parents traded accusations of abuse


    TAMPA — Long before Janessa Shannon's remains were discovered in a Hillsborough County nature preserve, her parents tried to convince court officials that she was in danger.

    From her own family.

    Janessa Shannon, 13, was found dead July 12 in the Triple Creek Nature Preserve in Hillsborough County. [National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]
  2. Ronde Barber: Want intimidation? Look at past Bucs teams


    Ronde Barber says these days "it's hard to find throwbacks, where you go, 'That guy is a badass.' Where do you find that now? It's such a show-off sport." (Times 2012)
  3. ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 16, 2017


    Seems like Broward County has started a domino effect. It was the first school board to commit to filing a lawsuit against the state and its controversial education bill, House Bill 7069. Then, the St. Lucie County School Board signed on, too. A running tally of school boards that have reportedly expressed interested in …

    Kali Davis (left), training director for Springboard to Success, helps to coach Justin Black (center), who will be starting his third year of teaching PE at Melrose Elementary, as he works to instruct students in a math lesson during the Spring Board program of Summer Bridge at Woodlawn Elementary School in St. Petersburg.
  4. In advertising, marketing diversity needs a boost in Tampa Bay, nationally


    TAMPA — Trimeka Benjamin was focused on a career in broadcast journalism when she entered Bethune-Cookman University.

    From left, Swim Digital marketing owner Trimeka Benjamin discusses the broad lack of diversity in advertising and marketing with 22 Squared copywriter Luke Sokolewicz, University of Tampa advertising/PR professor Jennifer Whelihan, Rumbo creative director George Zwierko and Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency. The group recently met at The Bunker in Ybor City.